Shannon is currently a graduate student of the Education
Department at Molloy College, where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and will earn her Master’s in Education this May with a dual certification in English (7-12)
and TESOL (K-12).
Before beginning her journey at Molloy, she graduated from the
University at Albany with a BA in English and a minor in Communications and
Women’s Studies. Her major in English reflects her passion for literature and
what it means to utilize a pen, and her Communications minor solidified her fearlessness
in public speaking and deep understanding of the necessity of interpersonal
skills. Women’s Studies prepared her for the reality of social binaries and
awakened within her the need to break them, while it also instilled a deep
appreciation for diversity and the importance of acknowledging it. All of these
concentrations led her to the most recent and rewarding of her passions - TESOL
NYS TESOL is what keeps her in the loop about what is
going on in the field. As educators, it is imperative to continually
learn, and the supports available through NYS TESOL ensure that she is
up to date with the latest trends and methodology. Attending conferences, such
as the one hosted at Molloy College every year (LI ESOL), has kept her connected and
inspired through diverse populations that share the same beliefs, concerns, and
passions that she does in regards to learners of new languages of all ages.
opportunities through the program make her feel valued and appreciated, and the
sense of camaraderie throughout the regions is an element that she truly cherishes.
She looks forward to many years of membership and many more years of activism in
the TESOL field!