Shannon is excited to begin her teaching career at Mabin as the Primary Art Teacher this fall! Last year, she became inspired by the Mabin community in her internship in Jillian’s Grade 2 class. From there, she got to implement her knowledge of early child development as part of the Kindie team last spring.
Her passion for teaching began when she started teaching dance after high school – a job she continues to enjoy each weekend and summer, years later. After seeing the impact relationships built through the arts can have on children’s lives, she dedicated her time to researching this topic in university. At the University of Guelph, she researched social connections and mental health while pursuing a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. It was through this intensive program that she also obtained her Early Childhood Educator qualifications.
Shannon recently graduated from OISE (University of Toronto) with her Master of Arts in Child Study and Education where she learned about emergent, student-focused learning. She completed a variety of placements in Toronto where she explored public, independent, and IB programs – and then the Mabin community won over her heart! This school is truly a special place and she is excited to learn alongside her students and colleagues this year. Shannon loves how socio-emotional learning is a priority at Mabin and she aims to help students use art as an expressive, process-oriented outlet and encourage students to use art as a medium for changemaking.
In her spare time, Shannon loves being creative with arts and crafts such as woodburning, printmaking, painting, and sewing. Some of her favourite things are ballet and acro dance, dogs, reading, learning, and home decor DIY projects. She is very excited to combine these passions at The Mabin School this fall and considers teaching art her “dream job.”