Letter From the Executive Director

The Belton Educational Foundation Board of Trustees is excited to announce its new Executive Director, Sonja Abdelgawad.

Sonja is an innovative educator and civic leader, who brings 20 years of experience working in education to the Foundation. Sonja holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from UMKC, and most recently earned an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Sonja has worked in the Belton School District for 14 years. Throughout her career, she has served as teacher, parent educator, instructional coach and district curriculum facilitator. She has also served as a member of the Raymore City Council since 2012.every student attending the Belton School District.

“Sonja brings with her not only a passion for supporting public education, but also has strength and experience as a community leader in Belton and surrounding areas”, said Foundation president, Joye Conklin. “We are thrilled to welcome Sonja as the new Executive Director. Her dedication, enthusiasm and leadership will be a great asset to the organization and the students of the Belton School District.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to blend my knowledge and passion for education with the joy of connecting with people in the community,” said Abdelgawad. “Supporting the teachers, students, and families in the Belton School District was an integral part of my work as an instructional coach and curriculum facilitator. As Executive Director of the Belton Educational Foundation, this opportunity increases exponentially. Working with the community, we will strengthen our progress toward the mission of the Foundation, to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize learning potential for students in the Belton School District.”

Please join us in welcoming Sonja!