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.