Teacher Iwasaki is an Education Hero

Teacher Iwasaki is an Education Hero

SOAR Teacher Shannon Iwasaki in a FuturesNW Education Hero (pictured her with her students)

Teacher Recognized as Education Hero

SOAR teacher, Shannon Iwasaki, has been recognized as a 2017 Education Hero by Futures Northwest. Shannon was recognized for her efforts toward meeting the mission of Futures Northwest, which is “empowering college dreams.”

As the teacher for the Golden Eagle Academy: SOAR Program, Shannon helps students identify barriers to their success, and find solutions so that students can obtain their Ferndale High School diploma. The flexibility of the program allows the district to accommodate students who have outside commitments such as employment, medical needs, family responsibilities and more. Other benefits of the program include:

•one-on-one instruction with customized academic plans
•a flexible schedule to meet student's needs
•access to high school academics and support systems
•participation in work-study programs or project-based learning
•online education through Apex Learning
•study lab and tutorial support
•post-secondary planning

Shannon, a Bellingham native, knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. She received her Bachelor's in English from Western Washington University, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Central Washington University, and her Master's in Higher Education from Walden University. Aside from being passionate, Shannon is described as empathetic, loyal and honest. Shannon's colleague, Dianne Laundry, states, "her [teaching] style is creative, sprinkled with some fun and laughter."

Congratulations, Shannon! Thank you for all that you do for our students to ensure they are successful!

For more information:
Teacher Shannon Iwasaki, 360.383.9362, shannon.iwasaki@ferndalesd.org
FuturesNW President Dr. Sharon Camblin, scamblin@futuresnw.org
Assistant Superintendent Scott Brittain, 360.383.9210, scott.brittain@ferndalesd.org
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207, tammy.bengen@ferndalesd.org