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Sharon Wynne, President
President of XAMonline since 1996, Ms. Wynne transitioned from teaching to publishing following an intensive entrepreneurship program sponsored by the Center for Technology, Enterprise and Development, Inc., a not-for-profit economic development agency. After completing rigorous training with Harvard lawyers and Kellogg business leaders, Ms. Wynne, who had to be re-certified when she moved from Connecticut to Florida, drew on her personal certification study experience, utilized every available resource, and poured all of her energy to provide a solution for teachers seeking certification. Her hard work paid off when she was named the Center’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996 for Palm Beach County, where she also was a teacher in general science.

From Ms. Wynne’s humble publishing beginnings, photocopying and binding study guides at the local print shop, her determination has grown XAMonline to include 300 titles. In 2008, over 1,500 writers, all certified teachers, were on board to assist with writing, copyediting, and designing XAMonline’s PRAXIS and state-specific guides. What began as a cumbersome study process on her certification test—collecting dozens of text books and compiling copious notes—turned into a flourishing business that meets an essential need, comprehensive preparation materials for teachers obtaining their certification. Ms. Wynne’s mantra is “if you put in the time and take advantage of every opportunity presented, you will succeed.”

She received both her M.S. and B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.

“I worked about half-way through the XAM book then focused on the practice test. The actual test was very challenging, but I did pass on my first attempt, and I passed by a large margin.”

John, Texas

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