Almost everything Shannon does includes children in some way or another.  She never really thought about doing anything else besides teaching.  Looking back at her own childhood, she remembers spending hours “playing” school with her younger brother and the neighborhood children. Elementary school was challenging for Shannon. However, because of two special teachers she was given the confidence  she needed in order to succeed.  Because she struggled as a learner herself, Shannon understands how her students may feel.  She believes that some of her struggles in school may have stemmed from the fact that teachers were not taking into account individual learning styles and differences.  Things were done one way and one way only and sometimes that “one way” didn’t make sense.  As a result of this experience, Shannon strongly believes in looking at each student individually and doing whatever she can to support that child’s academic and social emotional development.

When Shannon entered college, there was no doubt that she would be an Education major.  Shannon has a dual major from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She also has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.  Shannon currently has 17 years of teaching experience.  She has taught Pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade.  She started her teaching career at Greenwich Country Day School (Greenwich, CT), then spent a year at Buckingham Browne and Nicholas (Boston, MA), two years at Nashoba Brooks (Concord, MA), a year at The Bement School (Deerfield, MA), and finally 11 years of teaching first grade at Moses Brown (Providence, RI).   Shannon has become a skilled, passionate guide for young people as they discover themselves as confident learners. Her strengths as a teacher lie in knowing who kids are, working “child by child” so that she can help them find the joy and feel most successful in the classroom. Shannon believes in making connections between a students’ curriculum and the real world.  She is a teacher who believes in making learning come alive for students.


Shannon started tutoring Moses Brown Lower School students about 9 years ago and has been working with 2 or 3 students every year in addition to her full time teaching responsibilities. She has trained with Mindful Schools, Little Flower Yoga for children, Lively Letters (Reading with TLC), and the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach to literacy instruction.  Shannon has greatly enjoyed this one-on-one work with students and it has been gratifying to closely watch different students learn and grow over the course of five or six years.  


Seeing the joy on a child's face as they realize they are actually doing work that would have been extremely challenging or impossible is what drives Shannon.  Watching a child go from a hesitant reader who dreads opening a book to a child who eagerly picks out ten or eleven new books to read is another driving factor and is why Shannon is so passionate about teaching!