Shannon began teaching in Forest Grove in 1983, first at Echo Shaw then Dilley Elementary until she retired in 2011. Early on she showed her excitement for empowering students to learn but also was very influential in helping educators by doing many teacher training events throughout the district.
She was a giving individual in countless ways. She was instrumental in establishing the backpack program where students in need could pick up bags each weekend to bring home nutritious food when school was closed. When students needed warm coats, she organized donations and delivered! To help make math homework fun, Shannon even put together games for teachers to send home with students - all on her own time and usually with her own money. The list goes on.
After retiring, she substituted and volunteered her many talents for after-school clubs which included: knitting, writing, reading and gardening. She also joined the board of The Education Foundation of Forest Grove. Her absolute love in this capacity was to award grants to teachers! Her focus was always to reach as many students as possible.
As Shannon touched many of us during her life, her family and the Foundation board members have decided to honor her legacy by establishing the perpetual Shannon Brown Memorial Educator Grant. Our goal is to raise enough money to grant this award to an innovative teacher every year in perpetuity.
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