shannon.vanlaw@ppsel.org719-522-25803rd / 4th Grade
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Hello! I am so excited to be teaching 3rd grade! I am looking forward to the new learning, challenges, opportunities, and growth this year. We will be starting our fall expedition, and you can find assignment due dates and details above. Feel free to email me at

Thank you!

The beginning of our Fall 2019 expedition begins as a mystery piece.  As students learn about each mystery piece they will discover that they are diving into the history of how Colorado came to be. Students start with the exploration off with trappers, traders and mountain men.  During case study two, students learn about mining and how Colorado became a state.  We end our expedition bringing it to our community and learn about the history of Colorado Springs and government.

I was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and moved to Colorado Springs to teach at PPSEL in 2017. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I love being here in southern Colorado since there is plenty to do outdoors!

The support, encouragement, and sense of community that is demonstrated by staff, parents, and students makes me so excited to be here at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning and to be a part of that community. I am looking forward to the school year and every new learning experience that it will bring!