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Faculty Profile
Shannon Janico
History Teacher
Shannon Janico began at Whitefield in 2016 as a Middle School history teacher. Before her time at Whitefield, she gained experience teaching middle and upper school classes at Christ Presbyterian Academy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Janico graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and history.

On a professional note

Why Whitefield?
After attending public school all my life, teaching at a Christ-centered school blew my mind in the best possible way. The Christ-centered community, the focus on the growth of the entire child, and the unfailing support from the staff and students' families fostered not only an unbelievable work environment, but a clear visual of Christ's mission lived out in this world.

After meeting the administration at Whitefield, it was clear that Whitefield Academy had all of the things I'd loved about my first experience with Christian education. Whitefield is dedicated to its mission statement, giving God all the glory and living for Jesus Christ. Additionally, I was attracted to Whitefield's strong academic record of rearing college-ready students and its openness to innovation.

What I love about teaching:
I love teaching Middle School because I absolutely love Middle School students! Society often overlooks this fabulous group of students who have spunk and intellect. Middle School is a transforming time where students are beginning to form their identities, which means I have the incredible privilege of humbly pointing them to their true identity as sons and daughters of the living God. After experiencing first-hand the investment by and love of my middle school teachers during my parents' divorce, I love that my job allows me to listen to students' problems and show them Christ's healing love. Also, I fell in love with history at Vanderbilt University, and I enjoy sparking a similar passion for the subject by challenging students to question the world around them and work hard to be active citizens in a healthy democracy.

On a personal note

About my family:
In 2016 I married Jordan Janico, an Atlanta native and retired Vanderbilt golfer. My mother taught in and currently lives in Chicago, and is now working as an interior designer there. My father is an avid sailor and doctor.

Hometown: I was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, which is a western suburb of Chicago. Go Bulls, Hawks, and Cubbies!