My name is Shannon Thissen and this is my 22nd year in teaching, but only my 17th year teaching High School. I was in my senior year of my Computer Science degree when the department chair asked if I were interested in teaching a couple sections of the introductory programming course. My focus was on programming languages and I thought that it would benefit me, what I didn’t count on was enjoying it so much. The following year I worked on my teaching certification. I spent several years teaching at the Community College and Junior High before I found my position teaching Computer Science in High School. 
I am currently looking at continuing my education by taking several graduate level classes to help in my decision. I finished my M.A. in Educational Technology from Pepperdine in 2004 and have taken several courses since relating to Computer Science and Education, but not in a formal program. This course will be the second one I have taken this year and so far I am finding it enjoyable. I am originally from Walla Walla, but now live and teach in the south sound, my husband works at Pierce College; my daughter lives and works in Phoenix AZ, as a Nanny; my grandson is finishing second grade; and our two cats are leading a pampered lifestyle. I fulfill several leadership positions at school including Department Chair, Assessment Coordinator, and Instructional Technology Coordinator. When not working, I am either reading or working on a puzzle (one is always in process).

Something about me: My daughter was born in Seoul, South Korea.

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