My name is Shannan Harrah. This is my sixth year with PSP CISD. As long as I can remember I wanted to be an elementary teacher. Unfortunately, I never went on to complete my education. Instead, I married my high school sweetheart, West Texas High Alumnus Les Harrah. We then had two of the most amazing kids, Kayla and Dalton who are now a Junior and an 8th grader.
In the fall of 2010, after 15 years in the banking industry, I decided it was time to revisit my desire to teach. The time was right so I left the credit union where I had been a loan officer and applied at the school. Larry Green was starting up the ACE Program. Because my mother had worked with him for so many years at CHAMP's Academy, it seemed like a perfect fit. So, I abandoned my thoughts about elementary and took on the challenge of Alternative Centered Edcuation...and I loved it!!
In the fall of 2011, after a year with the school, it was time to finish my own education. At the age of 40 and only 41 college hours, I enrolled full-time in online classes at WTAMU. After transferring to Lamar University in the Spring of 2012 and having completed 82 hours 2 1/2 years, I graduated on December 14, 2013. I obtained my certification in K-12 Special Education and then completed the iteachTEXAS program in the spring of 2014. I am now just waiting to complete my in-class observations. Never have I been so proud of an accomplishment.
Let me just say, if you ever have doubts that you can do anything, I am a testiment that anything is possible, although I had an amazing support system. I could not have accomplished anything without the help of my husband and kids. Their sacrifice has been tremendous and selfless. I am so proud of them and so excited for our futures!!