Jean Gonzalez is an educator who has taught at the high school, community college, private college, and university level. She has taught a range of subjects at these institutions in multiple disciplines and has published over 20 college textbooks in these disciplines.
Although her formal college education from the University of Scranton and Kent State University was primarily in English, philosophy, and education, she refers to having learned shorthand in high school as the single most important influencer of her destiny.
As a result of learning Gregg shorthand, she was able to get her first teaching job and then her teaching job at a community college. When she was later teaching at a 4-year college, her knowledge of this form of shorthand led to her teaching machine shorthand to students in a secretarial program.
Subsequently, her ability to teach machine shorthand lead to her being asked to teach in the court reporting program at a community college. While teaching at that community college, she was invited to be a consulting editor on a machine shorthand theory textbook with two court reporters who were in the process of authoring a court reporting text, Allen Roberts and John Walsh, and Pat O’Neill, a court reporter who had developed one of the first translation systems for steno notes.
Her development of the pedagogy and subsequent co-authorship of the theory textbook enabled her to be introduced to an entrepreneur of a start-up software company who needed someone to document his software. Along with him, she became a founding member of two steno-related software companies. Years later, when an owner of a court reporting school who used their products was about to retire, he asked that her partner and she, because of their unique knowledge and contributions to the field of stenography, take over the school where she currently resides as president but still continues to teach machine shorthand, the language of steno.