Shawn received his Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Development and Education from Oregon State University. He was a founding member of the OSU Meistersingers, an all men's chorus at OSU. Shawn met his wife Amy while attending OSU. Shawn and Amy moved to Cave Junction, Amy's hometown, in 2003. Shawn then attended Southern Oregon University receiving a Master's of Arts and Teaching. Shawn's first child came soon after he graduated. Shawn then taught in a series of assignments including 5th grade, Kindergarten, High School Special Education, and Middle School Physical Education. During these assignments Shawn's wife completed a Master's of Arts in Teaching and had their second child. Shawn began teaching at Sunny Wolf Charter School in March of 2011. Shawn enjoys teaching, gardening, sports, coaching, and camping. Among Shawn's many accomplishments he is very proud to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 16.