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Shannon Garrison

Shannon Garrison (CA '08)


Stonehurst STEAM Magnet School
Sun Valley, CA

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4, 5

At the time of the Award, Shannon Garrison was:

Solano Avenue Elementary School
Los Angeles, CA

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

Shannon Garrison has been a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Solano Avenue Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles since 1997. Shannon prides herself on providing students with a safe, loving environment and a rigorous, engaging, standards-based educational program. She believes it is her job to help all students discover their greatness, and she works tirelessly to bring a variety of opportunities to her students so they can grow academically and discover their passions.  Shannon is a National Board Certified teacher, and she has led her school through the process of becoming a California Distinguished School, A National Blue Ribbon School, and a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.  In 2010, Shannon received a fellowship to the Lowell Milken Center where she studied project-based learning.  She returned for several years as the Summer Fellowship Director.  In 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed Shannon to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).  NAGB sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation's Report Card. She served as chair of the Assessment Development Committee for six years and finished her second term on the board last year. Garrison was named a 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year for the Los Angeles Unified School District and a 2016-2017 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year.  She was also a semifinalist for California Teacher of the Year. Garrison’s passion for teaching and her commitment and dedication to her students, school, and community are unwavering.


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Milestone: Shannon Garrison (CA '08) Receives Henry Ford Award

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Milestone: Shannon Garrison (CA '08) and Dr. Hector Ibarra (IA '93) on National Assessment Governing Board Committee

Article: Project-Based Learning: A Journey of Discovery

Shannon Garrison In The News

L.A. Unified Salutes Seven L.A. County 2016-17 ‘Teachers of the Year’
Los Angeles Unified School District  |  Sep 16 , 2016  |  Los Angeles, CA

Meet 5 Superstar Teachers Who Won the 'Oscars of Teaching'
Parade  |  Aug 12 , 2016  |  New York, NY

LAUSD Teacher to Keep Marking the ‘Nation’s Report Card’
LA School Report  |  Oct 20 , 2014  |  Los Angeles, CA

Additional Information


1996 University of California - Los Angeles, B.A.

1998 University of California - Los Angeles, M.Ed.


2010 Lowell Milken Center Fellow