A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Shannon went on to earn a master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. For the last five years she has been teaching professional development courses for in-service teachers and working one-on-one with teachers in their classrooms. Before that, she taught English as a second language and business English at the Monterey Institute. Shannon's international experience has included volunteering for the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa, where she taught high school English and university-level courses in teaching methodology.
Shannon is a certified trainer for Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol and a nationally certified trainer for Respecting Ethnic Culture and Heritage. She has spent five years working with cooperative learning (Kagan) structures, and has training in learning styles and differentiated instruction.
"What do I like the best about teaching? Finding that 'spark' to inspire a student in a unique way. I love working with teachers as much as I enjoy working with students, and am looking forward to mentoring, especially helping teachers connect with their communities and with their students. I am also excited about sharing strategies with teachers and learning new ideas from them."