Cristina Shannon (HBSc 1995, MSc 1998, BEd 2002)

Cristina Shannon, HBSc'95Secondary School Teacher, Peel District School Board

Cristina Shannon was born in Bucharest, Romania. At the age of 20, she moved to Canada with her family in 1988 one year before the Romanian Revolution put an end to 42 years of Communist rule.

After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in 1995, she completed a Master of Science with a double degree in zoology and environmental science in 1998 and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2002. During her time as a graduate student at UTM, Shannon researched aquatic invasive species within the Sprules Aquatic Ecology Lab under the supervision of Dr. Gary Sprules. Shannon credits her academic years at UTM as instrumental in awakening her passion for environmental issues and the ecology of the Great Lakes.

For the past 13 years, Shannon has worked as a secondary school teacher in the Peel District School Board and served as a mentor for teacher candidates from OISE. As the chair of the EcoSchools Committee, she helped certify her school with a bronze and silver seal, and, as the co-chair of the Community, Culture, and Caring Committee, organized events such as the Day of Pink—an International Day against bullying, discrimination and transphobia. In 2015, Shannon received an Award of Distinction for Teaching from the PDSB.

Shannon has three loving daughters who keep her very busy. During her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving with her husband, Todd. Her diving adventures have taken her to many locations Canada and across the world, including Tobermory (one of her most favorite places), Vancouver Island, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Florida, California, Honduras (Roatan), and the Black Sea.

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