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Shannon Leonard

Shannon Leonard

Elementary School Teacher

Wrangler of children and now chickens, Shannon Leonard has spent her professional career seeking ways to connect learners to the world around them. Starting as a middle school teacher in 2000, Shannon transitioned to teaching third grade in 2013.

Her previous experience and training includes being a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, new teacher mentor, Exeter Humanities Institute participant, and South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) presenter on project-based learning in the lower school.

Currently, Shannon teaches third grade and is a new teacher mentor, lower school STEM curriculum chair, and grant writer at Charleston Collegiate School in South Carolina. She earned her BS in middle school education from Georgia State University and is pursuing a master’s in elementary reading and literacy.


  • Project-Based Learning

    Chickens and Checkbooks

    A teacher shares what she and her third graders learned from their first experience with project-based learning—a chicken coop.