Secondary Writing Teacher, Debate Coach
Ms. Smith is joining our team of intermediate level teachers working with the upper elementary. She was born and raised in southwest Oklahoma. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Cameron University, she served as the education coordinator for an international trade association in Dallas, Texas, where she was able to travel and meet people from around the world. In 1994, she returned to school to get her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, she passed the Oklahoma and California bar exams and worked for firms in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles where she practiced in the areas of insurance defense, class action litigation, medical malpractice defense, and employment law. While living in southern California during the internet boom, she began working with LeadersOnline, a subsidiary of Heidrick & Struggles, an international, retained executive search firm, going on to work in their offices in Aliso Viejo, California, and Dallas, Texas. Upon marrying and starting a family, Shannon decided to stay home with her children. As her children grew older, she began substitute teaching and found she loved it. She went on to become certified in several areas, most recently teaching AP Computer Science, Computer 1, and Speech and Debate at Navajo High School near Altus, Oklahoma. She is excited about joining the team at Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences, meeting all of her new students and fellow staff members, and working with the school’s specialized curriculum.
Her twin daughters Zoe and Kaia will be sophomores attending Lawton Academy this fall and are looking forward to starting the school year here as well. The three of them enjoy cooking, crafting, and painting together. Shannon especially enjoys photography and has won several awards for her work.