#M3TFellowFriday: Kristen Shannon

Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Kristen Shannon from Oak Hill High School!

Kristen Shannon

M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 1

High School Mathematics Teacher

Oak Hill High School

Fayette County Schools

Twitter: @math_kshannon

Number of years teaching: 6

Positions and Roles: High School Mathematics Teacher, School Leadership Team member, Student Council Co-Advisor, County Math4Life Team, STEM Team Member, IPI Coder, M3T Cohort 1 Fellow

Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: Governor’s Honors Academy student’s Favorite Educator Recipient

Interesting personal facts: Loves reading, crafting, sports, and spending time with her husband and son; has a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education; obsessed with sweet tea and Harry Potter

Kristen, her husband (Cam), son (Jonah), and doggie (Mia)

Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?

“I’m looking forward to the skills and knowledge that I will acquire in order to make myself and my students more successful. I want to be a master teacher that helps shape students that master mathematics. I am so excited to further my growth in year 2 with additional fellows.”

Why do you teach mathematics?

“Students (and adults) flinch at the word mathematics. My goal in teaching this subject is to make students feel more confident and comfortable with the material. By building a positive relationship with each of my students and encouraging their success, I hope to help them reach their full mathematical potential.”

What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?

“One of my biggest goals is to increase math discourse in my room by using cooperative learning groups. I always focus on groups and teaming, but don’t have a set structure that ensures that each member is contributing and improving discourse. I hope that I can find strategies that help my students grow comfortable with mathematics in my room and beyond.”

Final Thoughts:

“M3T has been an amazing opportunity to grow as a teacher and teacher leader. Each meeting leaves me feeling empowered to make changes in my classroom, my county, and our state. This group contains some of the best teachers to make this happen in WV.”

Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, https://m3twv.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, @m3t_wv.