Dawn Shannon a native Louisvillian and a DuPont Manual High School Graduate, class of 2005. She is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, persistent, goal-oriented leader. Dr. Shannon functioned as teen volunteer for C.H.O.I.C.E. during her time in high school conducting self-esteem and self-image workshops for female elementary and middle school aged program participants. Dr. Shannon has acquired knowledge in areas of Social Work Administration, Child Welfare/Parenting, School Social Worker, Mentoring, At-Risk Youth and Leadership through her education and work experiences. With her passion to understand and help her community she matriculated at Huston-Tilloston University, Austin, Texas, and received her B.A. is Sociology with a minor in Pre-Law in 2009.
She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Dr. Shannon assisted families involved the child protection system with reunification in Cincinnati area through her work at the Family Nurturing Center. During this time, Dr. Shannon participated in many trainings focuses around nurturing parenting, parent child interaction therapy, child trauma-cognitive behavioral therapy, and child adult relationship enhancement.
After receiving her Masters, Dr. Shannon retuned to Louisville in 2012 to begin working for the State of Kentucky as Jefferson County Child Protection Service worker. Dawn Shannon is State of Kentucky Certified Social Worker since 2012 and is currently in good standing. Ms. Shannon held her CPS position for three years before relearning her passion for youth, education, and being a change agent. In effort to live out her passion, in 2014 she reconnected with the agency, C.H.O.I.C.E., who had provided her foundation in the social service industry.
Dr. Shannon received her Doctorate in Leadershio for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stitch University, Milwaukee, WI. Her dissersation was entitled “Children Have Options in Choosing Experiences: A Mixed Methods Case Study of Past “Dare to Dream” Cross-Age Peer Mentors’ Perspectives on How Program Participation Impacts Development into Adulthood.”
She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Dr. Shannon also serves as Administrative Assistant for Children Have Options In Choosing Experiences (C.H.O.I.C.E.) Inc.