Teacher Bio

Teacher Shanell was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She went to college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, with an emphasis on Reading and Educational Psychology. She has one young child.

Shanell has been in the community since 2020, when she moved from Germany to be closer to family. Before becoming the teacher at PTCP, she was working with the Community Boat Project and Bayside Housing, building Tiny Homes and infrastructure to mitigate our area’s housing crisis. While living in Germany, Shanell also taught in a mixed age 1st Grade classroom with a focus on technology and cultural integration.
Shanell enjoys making her classroom an enriching space, where adults and children can bond over mutual experiences.
She makes it her goal to provide age and developmentally appropriate activities, with a particular interest on STEAM learning, confidence building, and positive social interactions. She values the impact that messy play and creation have on development, and encourages creative interpretations of new scenarios.
Shanell is always happy to meet and support new families, and looks forward to class each week.