Shannon Ward graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology. Mrs. Ward is certified 1st - 8th grade general education, PreK-12th grade generic special education, and English as a Second Language. She has taught in both private and public schools for 18 plus years. She has taught 1st grade, primary physical education, special education, and coordinated and taught Title 1 services. The majority of her teaching has been in the area of special education. She is the coordinator for the special education department for Westlake Academy. Mrs. Ward and her husband Gary have 3 children, one of whom attends Westlake Academy. She works to create a classroom where students feel safe to be risk-takers, where communication between teachers, students, and parents is one of empathy and caring, and where respect, cooperation and tolerance are the norm.