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Shannon Hamilton, M.Ed, MAT.

English Teacher

English Department Chair

Dreher High School, Columbia, SC


Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR [2017-2018]

  • Master of Education,  August 2018

    • Educational Administration and Leadership

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC [2005-2011]

  • Master Arts of Teaching,  May 2011

    • Secondary level English with GPA of 3.95/4.0

    • Middle level certification obtained in May 2011

    • Gifted and Talented certification obtained in August 2012

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism- Public Relations

    • Minor in Business with GPA of 3.74/4.0


State of South Carolina

  • Elementary and Secondary Principal Certification [August 2018]

  • Secondary English 

    • AP English Literature Endorsement [added 2019]

    • Read to Succeed endorsement [added 2018]

    • Gifted and Talented Endorsement [added August 2012]

    • Middle-Level add-on Certification [added August 2011]


  • LinkedIn

A Brief Note:

Star Wars aficionado and dog lover. If you want me to go on a tangent, bring up Lord of the Rings. I think English class can be entertaining for both student and teacher alike.


Dreher High School, Columbia SC  [May 2012-Present]

  • 9th-12th grade English teacher: English I College Prep, English I Honors, Critical Reading Lab

  • ELA Standards Facilitator 2014-present: Attend training and leadership sessions, then return to home school and lead/facilitate all on-site English department in-service training sessions

  • University of South Carolina Coaching teacher: hosted and mentored student teachers or undergraduate interns every semester since 2012-2013 school year

  • Literacy Initiative Team Member: help to implement and facilitate all necessary improvements throughout the school to fulfill South Carolina “Read to Succeed” legislation

  • ACHIEVE Columbia Non-profit program Mentor: help a designated at-risk mentee student throughout the school year academically, socially, and behaviorally succeed during time at Dreher

  • Climate Committee member: work to identify and help resolve issues with faculty and/or student morale

  • Teacher of the Year nominee for 2015-2016 school year

  • Dancing with the Teachers participant: teacher dancing competition to help raise funds for the Dreher Dance Department each year; three-time winner for fundraising efforts

  • Inklings – Creative Writing Club Sponsor

  • Member of “JumpStart” professional learning community: mentor newest teachers in the building

Hand Middle School and Crayton Middle School, Columbia, SC (September 2012-2014)

  • Comprehensive Remediation Program (CRP) Teacher: After-school remediation/tutoring program

Irmo Middle School, Columbia, SC (May 2011-May 2012)

  • 8th grade English Language Arts teacher: 8th grade College Prep ELA

  • Student Government sponsor

  • Data Teams Leadership Team Member: meet monthly with district-wide data team leaders to discuss Common Core standards, data-driven instruction and curriculum


St. Cloud University Co-Teaching Training and Workshop

June 2015, Columbia, SC

  • Attended training for the co-teaching method of coaching teacher/student teacher relationship

National Council of Teachers of English annual conference

November 2013, Chicago, IL and Novemeber 2011, Boston, MA

  • Two time attendee; attended sessions and workshops on wide range of topics, including Common Core


Professional Development Schools National Conference

March 2015, Atlanta, GA and January 2017, Myrtle Beach, SC

  • 2017 Presenter: “The Reality of Classroom Management: A PDS collaboration for pre-service teachers”

  • 2015 Presenter: “How a strong professional development school relationship can enable PK-12 schools to ‘grow their own’ outstanding  teachers”

SCCTE Annual Conference

January 2011, 2013, 2017, Kiawah Island, SC

  • 2016 Presenter: “A socially conscious 9th grader who can write arguments effectively: Can it be done?”

  • 2013 Presenter: “Ogres are like onions: Peeling back the layers of film as literary text”

  • 2011 Presenter: “Building bridges between the contemporary and the canon”

High Schools That Work annual Staff Development Conference

July 2014, Nashville, TN

  • 2014 Presenter: “Getting a ‘JumpStart’ into the classroom:  new teacher experiences and concerns”


  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) member since 2009

  • South Carolina Council of Teachers of English (SCCTE) member since 2010

  • National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) member since 2014

  • Palmetto State Teachers Association (PSTA) member since 2011


  • Journalism (Bachelor’s degree)

  • newspaper, literary magazine

  • Academic Decathlon

  • creative writing

  • film studies;

  • Former member of:  

    • Delta Zeta sorority

    • Girl Scouts of America

    • National Honor Society

    • Key Club

    • Alpha Lambda Delta honor society

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