Hey there! My name is Carlyn Shanley and I am the 7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher! This is my 4th year teaching at Jefferson Community School and I’m thrilled to be back co-teaching with ESL teacher, Pia Richardson, in Room 327! My favorite thing about being an educator is having the opportunity to learn from my students and explore new ideas. I also love having an excuse to read books all day, everyday!

I also teach an after-school class called Engineering the Ride where we learn how to fix bikes!

I am originally from the Milwaukee area and came to the Twin Cities to get my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota. When I’m not not at school, I enjoy playing rugby, doing yoga, fixing up my house, and adventuring on the lakes and bike trails in the city.

This year Pia and I are excited to explore the ideas of Environmental Justice, Poetry, and Female Empowerment! If you have more questions about ELA, please check out our syllabus. You can also access all that we're working on by logging onto our Google Classroom Pages!

Period 3 Google Classroom

Period 4 Google Classroom


Period 5 Google Classroom


Period 6 Google Classroom



If you need to get in touch with me, please e-mail me at carlyn.shanley@mpls.k12.mn.us.