Shawn Pearson’s positive personality and drive to educate the children at the Heartspring school makes him a valuable member of our teaching staff. He goes out of his way to improve himself and the school by attending various training sessions and conferences. Shawn believes that he and his coworkers have been tasked with “the world’s most important job” of raising and educating other people’s children and helping them to develop academic, vocational, social, communication and independent-living skills. His passion for this job shows everyday he comes into work.
Shawn is an important part of a number of boards and committees that help improve Heartspring’s school including the MTSS Committee, the School Improvement Team, the IEP Review Committee, the Research Group, the School Accreditation Team, the Technology Liaison, the Indistar/KansaSTAR Process Manager and the Celebration Committee. As part of the SMART Board and SMART Table committee, he helped bring new technology to our school giving teachers another tool they can use to educate students. SMART Tables allow students to work on various skills like communication, academic and social skills one-on-one with their paraeducator or as a group with other students. He is also involved in the school improvement team and the Multi-Tiered Student Support Team. MTSS makes sure students are making improvements on their IEP goals and gives valuable feedback to the teachers.
Shawn also uses his knowledge of Excel to create forms and documents for the school that allow employees to store, organize and manipulate data. He has created, converted or revised 33 forms including the Outcomes Measures Performance Assessment, the school budget and the paraprofessional performance evaluation. He also created the student review form that sets the tone for what our teachers, psychologists and other staff members will talk about when they review student progress, a vital step in student improvement.
Before coming to Heartspring, he worked in special education in the Shawnee Mission and Emporia school districts. He was the department head at Emporia High School before coming to Heartspring. While he was in Emporia he made sure his students were integrated in the community by helping them find different jobs around the city where they learned valuable vocational and social skills.
Shawn has a master’s degree in learning disabilities from Emporia State University and has been recognized as an outstanding career teacher by the E.L & Z Irene Hopkins Foundation. He is married with three children. For fun he enjoys walking, biking, traveling and food.