Shannon Flores (Branford ’18) is a senior majoring in political science. She is particularly interested in how nontraditional schooling and international models of education could inform U.S. education policy. She has also developed a recent interest in environmental and outdoors education. In the future, Flores plans to attend graduate school for her M.Ed and then teach for 3-5 years to gain experience in the classroom. At a later point, she hopes to enter the field of education policy, as well as to one day found her own school. She is a FroCo and the President of the Branford College Council. She can typically be found on the IM soccer fields, at Claire’s ordering cake, and in Branford (her favorite place in the world).
In her sophomore year, Flores interned at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she worked as a member of the Early Childhood Team. After obtaining her CLASS certification, she performed weekly observations and data collection at Head Start preschools using both the CLASS and RULER metrics. Shannon produced a literature review on emotionally intelligent programming for CEI the following summer.
In the summer of 2016, Flores interned at the Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Her work consisted of studying the impact of implicit bias on preschool expulsion rates, which disproportionately affect minority students. In addition, she updated the center’s “Preschool Expulsion Timeline,” which details the significant events occurring at the national, state, and local levels since 2005.
In the summer of 2017, Flores interned at the USC Rossier School of Education, where she assisted in writing a paper on the relationship between online curriculum vendors and school districts. Her research there focused on the implementation of online curricula in schools that primarily serve at-risk students.
In the summer after her first year, Flores traveled to Poland to serve as a volunteer English instructor through World Teach. While there, she headed the school’s summer English program and designed curricula for all levels of English speakers. She also received training in classroom management and ESL teaching methods, and had the chance to explore Poland’s historic sites and culture with her American volunteer group and Polish host family.