Shannon works on research, evaluation and technical assistance projects throughout the region, with special interests in postsecondary readiness and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). She is enthusiastic about connecting schools and youth development programs with research and strategies to foster engagement, social belonging, mindset, and other competencies that prepare youth for success in learning and in life. Shannon holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education from Stanford University, and has a background in both domestic and global issues in education. Originally from Hawaii, she conducted her dissertation research in China and has worked on research projects in Cambodia, Nepal, South Africa, as well as the United States. Shannon has been a high school teacher in California and China. During her free time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family, friends, and dog.
Researchers and educators have the power and responsibility to work together to support safe, healthy, and equitable learning environments.