Degrees and Certifications:
Early Childhood Degree Bachelor of Arts - Sociology Masters of Elementary Education
Hello and welcome to Kindergarten for the 2018/19 school year! I am Shannon Young, one of the kindergarten teachers here at Peralta Trail Elementary School, just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Thank you for stopping by to find out a little more about our team. We are so excited to have you join our family!
I am originally from Toronto, Canada. I hold an Early Childhood Degree from Canadore College and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Nipissing University in Northern Ontario, Canada. I also studied abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where I received my Masters in Elementary Education. I have a strong background in teaching homeless and at risk kids in both Auckland, New Zealand and downtown Phoenix.
This will be my 10th year teaching. I spent the first 5 years in first grade teaching homeless and risk students downtown Phoenix. I then moved to AJUSD and spent a year in Kindergarten at Superstition Mountain Elementary. When SMES closed I moved over to Peralta Trail Elementary. Kindergarten is definitely where my heart is. I always said I would never leave first grade. I had zero interest in teaching anything else. Just the slight thought of leaving first grade would make my anxiety sky rocket! When I found out about the option for me to teach kindergarten all I could think was HECK NO!!! I believed all kindergarten teachers were either saints or complete crazies!!! After some coaxing I decided to give it a try. Little did I know I would turn into one of those said "crazies" and completely fall in love with it.
A few of my favorite things:
Starbucks, PaperMate Flair pens, moose, hockey (Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks) cookies, french fries, Thai food, Italian food, Indian food...ok so food in general! HA! Anything farmhouse style like Fixer Upper on HGTV, Hobby Lobby and Joanns.
When I'm not teaching you'll find me at the gym, in the kitchen baking something yummy, crafting, sewing, or watching hockey! I am married to an incredible fellow teacher. Mr. Young teaches 2nd grade here at PTES! Together we have a furry little daughter, Asia, our Siamese cat who looks exactly like Skippyjon Jones!