Shauna is native to the Pacific Northwest and grew up exploring the mountains and beaches surrounding Portland. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Micro/ Molecular Biology from Portland State University and found her love for teaching while working as a part-time science lab teacher at an elementary school during her last year of college. After graduating, she developed a watershed education curriculum for the US Forest Service and also worked for OMSI as a traveling science educator. Shauna’s love for nature and science and her passion for teaching brought her to Ashland, Oregon where she received her Master of Science degree in Environmental Education and a secondary teaching license from Southern Oregon University. During this program, Shauna’s cohort developed and implemented an outdoor school program for 5th and 6th graders throughout the Rogue Valley.
Most recently, Shauna taught 8th grade science and high school horticulture and natural resources with Vancouver Public Schools. Shauna empowers her students to inquire about the natural world while building positive relationships with their peers and their community. Engineering, journaling, science experiments, art, scavenger hunts, and outdoor adventures are some of the activities Shauna enjoys doing most with her students. Her teaching style is founded on kindness and compassion and includes engaging, hands-on, student-centered lessons and projects that allow students to authentically develop 21st century skills.
Shauna lives in Vancouver with her husband and 4-year old son, Spencer. Some hobbies that bring her joy (besides curriculum development and teaching) include birding, riding rollercoasters, backpacking, snorkeling, gardening, cooking, sewing, oil painting, and thrift store shopping.