ABOUT OUR FACULTY

Founded by former university faculty and researchers, Learning Sciences International employs only the most highly qualified professionals as staff developers—those with extensive real-world classroom experience.

Shannon Pretorius

Shannon Pretorius

Staff Developer

Shannon comes to LSI with 16 years of experience in education in both West Michigan and South Florida. Her passion is serving and supporting students with disabilities and promoting high expectations for all. Shannon has taught in a self-contained setting for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities and in both pull out and inclusion settings servicing students with varying exceptionalities, including Specific Learning Disabilities. Shannon’s expertise and natural leadership skills led her into a position of Math Coach where she was able to support more teachers in implementing high yield teaching strategies, a specialty of hers.

Shannon led school-focused and district-wide PD focusing on unwrapping standards and provided district PD to teachers and school leaders in areas of unit design, quality interventions, learning goals and scales (Marzano), and formative assessments. To further support students, Shannon spent time as an Exceptional Student Education Coordinator where she oversaw compliance of Individual Education Plans of students, monitored and supported the MTSS process, and provided professional development for teachers in areas of instructional accommodations and advocating for student needs. Shannon’s ability to build relationships and make a positive impact on others (teachers, parents, and students) left her in high demand with teachers and administrators in the districts she has worked.

Shannon has a BS in Psychology and Special Education and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She also has a second Masters of Education in Ed. Leadership from the American College of Education. Shannon’s experience spans Pre-K – middle school grades at both affluent and Title 1 schools. Shannon continues to support people with disabilities in her community by teaching independent living skills and advocating for students at IEP meetings.