Shanna teaches at Palo Duro High School, where she splits her days as a high school English teacher and as a mentor, coaching and challenging her colleagues to grow in the teaching profession.
“I choose to think that, as National Teacher of the Year, I represent the people who love what they do. Who are willing to do whatever it takes to help kids. Who stay after school for hours. Who steal time from their own families to help our kids. Who may be the only person that shows up at games for a kid, or at plays, at concerts. For many kids, teachers are the only person for them,” Peeples said.
“And so to me, the title of Teacher of the Year is a way for me to always talk about what teachers do for our kids. And I am exceedingly proud of the honor of representing men and women who pour themselves into this, the most important job there is.”
Peeples’ students come from diverse backgrounds, as Amarillo is one of several cities in the country that helps refugees find new paths in life and gain access to critical resources. As a result, Peeples works with many students who speak English as a second language or have recently entered the United States.