Shannon began his teaching career as a U.S. History Teacher in Brownsville, Texas. He joined the Founding staff at KIPP Houston where he later became Assistant Principal. Thereafter he founded and led KIPP Sunnyside High School, and then moved on to work for Teach For America where he served as the Vice President of Collaborative Learning and Teaching Innovations. He and his wife Lara, who is a previous Sac High Principal, along with their family moved to Sacramento from Houston, Texas in 2016 when Shannon joined us as Chief of Schools. In 2017 Shannon resigned as Chief of Schools to take on his new role as Principal of Sac High.