Teacher Tuesday: Meet Miss Shannon VanDaniker

Shannon Van Daniker is one of two 4th grade teachers at STM-STC.  As a graduate of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School, Shannon went on to attend a local magnet high school where she completed the Teacher Academy of Maryland Program. From there she received her teaching degree in Early Childhood Education and in Special Education, with a minor in Music, from York College of Pennsylvania.  Her inspiration to teach came from her brother, Kyle, who has special needs.  Prior to graduation in 2016, her dream was to be accepted into the Alliance of Catholic Education (ACE) Program at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) where she could earn her master’s degree and teach to low income Catholic students in anywhere in the country. “I was wait listed since it’s a very competitive program. After graduation, I moved back home and was looking for a teaching job in the Baltimore area.”

“I came to STM-STC in October 2016.  The school year had already started, and everything worked out for me to be here.”, said VanDaniker.  “My success, so far, has been due to the solid planning skills I had learned, collaboration from other young teachers like Miss Emily Mordini, and coaching from Mrs. Mary Summers.  I couldn’t have done this without the help of this wonderful veteran teacher, co-worker and friend. This year, Mrs. Chris Godlewski  has been such a supportive team member and  important resource to me and I thank her for incredible guidance.” During this time, Miss VanDaniker realized God’s plan for her was to be here at St. Michael – St. Clement School.  “It’s amazing to see my students going from the unknown to the known.   I love getting to know my students on a personal level, so I can find out their interests and bring them into the learning process.  I believe if you are happy with what you are doing, you’re doing God’s work!”

We are so thankful for you and the natural collaboration and mentoring opportunities that happen at STM-STC.  Miss VanDaniker is truly loved and respected by her students and all those who meet her!