Sharon deFur, Ed.D, is currently Professor, Emerita in Special Education at the College of William and Mary with degrees from the College of William and Mary, Loyola College and George Washington University. Her career included faculty and state department of education positions as well as teaching in the field of special education. Her college teaching and research focused on instructional methods for students with learning and behavioral difficulties, inclusive education, teacher education and transition from high school to post-secondary education and adult living. She has published and presented widely on these topics. In collaboration with colleagues, Sharon led multiple grants in teacher preparation, program improvement and program evaluation.