Shannon Baker joined Meridian in August 2016 as a second grade teacher. Shannon has a bachelors degree in education from Texas A&M. She is certified in early childhood through eighth grade. After living and working as a substitute in the Tyler area, Shannon took time to travel extensively to gain a different type of education. She spent six months traveling across Europe and the Middle East, visiting 26 countries and 2 U.S. territories, before traveling to 25 states in the U.S. (and Washington D.C.). She then felt ready to go into the classroom permanently and moved to Austin – beginning work as a substitute at Meridian. She quickly became known to the staff as a strong educator and accepted a position permanently the next school year. Shannon has completed Category 1 IB-PYP training.