Shanna is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year and an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. She teaches Advanced Placement students, English Language Learners who speak a total of 27 languages, and struggling students in both day school and the school’s evening credit recovery program. For half her school day she is an instructional coach for literacy strategies. After regular school hours, she teaches English and Speech in PDHS’s FLEX night school.
A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues, schools, and music criticism. She continues to write professionally as a blogger for the Huffington Post, and as a contributor to education publications.
At #AMACON16 Shanna will moderate the Heroes and Villains in YA Literature and add her own unique insights!