Shannan was born in Fairfax, but grew up on three continents, having lived in Panama, Switzerland and India. Before joining The New School in 2006, she worked as a special education teacher for three years. Shannan has taught classes in Algebra, Digital Design, Animation, Horror Films, Applied Sociology, Student Leadership, Death and Dying and World Religions. She enjoys travel, cheesy jokes, polar bears and working with students to help them find new strategies for learning and accomplishing personal and community goals. She lives in Fairfax with her wonderful husband and adorable kitten.