Shannon is currently the Superintendent in Boistfort, WA; the first school district in the state of Washington! This small rural K-8 schools boasts the motto, “Good things are happening here” as is evidenced by its strong community support.
Prior to Boistfort, Shannon served as the superintendent of Winlock School District (2011-2016), a rural public school district serving approximately 650 students and their families in Winlock, Washington. What Shannon is best remembered for in Winlock is forging a sense of community and inspiring people to be their best for the sake of student achievement. Under her leadership, the motto, “Be the Difference” became a working standard. Shannon built a strong leadership team and embraced the challenges of a Preschool – 12th grade system by offering programs for ALL students.
Before serving as superintendent, Shannon served in a variety of roles in the Ephrata School District from 1990 – 2011. Shannon was an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, principal and central office administrator. Her passion for all students was evident in her work with special education students and programs; creating new programs that addressed differing needs. She was recognized as the North Central Washington Teacher of the Year and participated in NASA’s Kuiper Flight Program.
Shannon has been involved in several professional leadership opportunities including serving on both regional and state committees. Her leadership experience includes work with the Association of Washington School Principals, Capital Region Educational Service District 113, Lewis County Superintendent Group, and OSPI’s Curriculum Advisory Review Committee. Shannon has been involved in several community groups including the Lewis County Emergency Planning Task Force, Winlock Lions Club, South Lewis Chamber of Commerce, Winlock Food Bank, and Cascade Mental Health.
Sharon holds a Master of Arts in Education degree from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Eastern Washington University. She resides in Centralia, Washington, and enjoys staying active in outdoor activities which allow her to enjoy the beauty around us. She has been happily married to her best friend, Bob, an instructor at Bates Technical College. Together, Shannon and Bob have raised two grown children and are the proud grandparents of their first granddaughter.