is a first generation American and a native Rochesterian, with a passion for improving the lives of ELLs, their families and the community through education. She spent the majority of her teaching career as an ESOL teacher in the Greece Central School District, where she worked on teams to develop and implement various initiatives, including a Newcomer Program, ESOL Summer Enrichment Program, and Family Literacy Program. Additionally, Shawnna is an instructor at Nazareth College, teaching a variety of courses to graduate students in the TESOL and TESOL for International Educators programs. She holds a BA in English and Secondary Education from St. John Fisher College, an MS Ed in TESOL from Nazareth College, and is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Rochester and serves as an executive board member for NYS TESOL. Shawnna's areas of expertise include the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, graduation requirements and teaching initiatives.