Sharon Bower is the director of the Washington State Leadership Academy as well as an instructor.
Prior to these positions, Sharon served as the superintendent of Toledo School District (2005–15), a rural public school district serving approximately 750 students and their families in Toledo, Washington. During her tenure in Toledo, Sharon built a strong district leadership team, led a collaborative process to improve instruction and meet the needs of diverse learners, and increased parent and community involvement and communication.
Before serving as superintendent, Sharon served as an elementary principal in Onalaska School District from 1998-2004. Her work greatly improved the quality of education for youngsters by implementing all-day kindergarten, multi-age classrooms, looping strategies, grade level academies, special education behavior programs, and after-school programs. Her professional experience also includes serving as an assistant principal and elementary teacher.
Sharon has participated in several professional leadership opportunities including serving on the Washington State Leadership Academy Two Year Planning Committee and participating with her district team in the academy. Her experience and expertise has been shared with new superintendents as she has served as a WASA Superintendent Mentor as well as on the WASA Board of Directors. Other professional contributions include supporting the ESD 113 Literacy Network and Student Support Advisory Committee (as a founding member).
She is frequently sought as a speaker at state conferences and by local community organizations and charities. She has volunteered her time for several community groups including the Lewis County Emergency Planning Task Force, Vision Toledo, South Lewis Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Food Bank, and Relay for Life.
Sharon holds a Master of Education degree from Portland University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Central Washington University. She resides in Onalaska, Washington, and enjoys traveling and visiting her family and friends who live across the United States.