Winooski School District

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Shannon Chalmers

Shannon_Chalmers_featuredI enjoy time spent at home with family, watching movies, walking my dogs, and also am working to certify my current dog as a therapy dog. This will be the second dog that I have certified and it is something that I am very passionate about. I enjoy volunteering through local animal rescue organizations as a foster parent, as well.

Education and Professional Experiences
I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Catholic grade and high school. I appreciated having to wear a uniform to school, as it definitely lent to more of a sense of a balanced and equal community. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s of Arts in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master’s of Education in Humane Education from Cambridge, College. Lifelong learning is very important to me and I truly believe that we are always given opportunities to learn, in every instant, and every environment. I lived in Northern Colorado for over twelve years and it is truly a beautiful, sunny place. I have worked in teaching for over eight years and prior to that, I was a director at a residential treatment facility.

What has been your greatest learning experience? (in or out of school)
My greatest learning experience is simply the realization that learning never ends! I am always constantly learning, shaping, and reshaping my beliefs, as well as my personal and professional skills and abilities.

Who do you admire and why?
At this time, I admire Zoe Weil, who, as head of the Institute for Humane Education, is co-founder of the very first Solutionary School, to be housed in New York City. This school is the first of it’s kind, and while there are many premises to this PK-12 school, the most important is that students will be learning, through equal parts of instruction in the arts, physical education, academia, how to serve as change agents in the world. I am very excited to see what unfolds for this school in 2016 and beyond.

What do you love about your current WSD position and the WSD community?
I am honored to work with such amazing teachers and support staff, who are all truly diligent in their methods and approaches in helping to educate the whole child. My students are an incredible group of young women and men who teach me as much as I teach them, every day. It truly feels like a community of learners.