Administrator in Charlottesville, Virginia
A 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in English, Shannon Montague's interest in education began at an early age, and she started her career teaching Middle School English in independent schools in the Washington, DC metro area. After teaching in the Washington, DC metro area for six years and earning a masters degree in 2010 from Columbia University's Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, Shannon moved to Baltimore in 2011 served as the Middle School Dean of Students and Drama Coordinator at The Bryn Mawr School for three years before taking the position of Head of the Learning Village (PS-8) at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA.
Shannon has a strong interest in curriculum development, particularly focusing on integration of technology and faculty professional development. She enjoys working with independent school educators and leaders in shaping their teaching and personal learning, but nothing compares to the fun she has in her classroom teaching the next generation of 21st century leaders and learners. She enjoys working with adolescents with a concentration in leadership growth and social-emotional development.
Shannon received David S. Stone Foundation Award for Faculty Excellence at The Bullis School and the Ella Speer Calhoun and Elizabeth Atkinson Reynolds Fund award from The Bryn Mawr School. She has presented on unconference-style professional development, technology and curricular interests at a number of conferences, including the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) annual conference, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference, and the AIMS Technology Retreat. She was a member of the AIMS Technology Committee and was named a 2013-14 NAIS Teacher of the Future. A strong believer in the powerful professional development that edcamps can provide, Shannon has attended numerous edcamps along the East Coast and is a co-founder of Edcamp Baltimore. She is also active with the Edcamp Foundation, as a member of the national Edcamp Foundation board. Shannon served on the board for the Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School in Baltimore, where she worked to get the school's first charter approved by the Baltimore City Schools commissioners.
Shannon is a strong advocate of arts in education, as she is a performer herself in community theater productions in the mid-Atlantic.