2nd Grade Teachers

My Big Question: As a new resident to San Francisco, I am excited to explore this amazing city - where in the Bay Area is the best place for a Saturday morning hike?

My Big Question: As a new resident to San Francisco, I am excited to explore this amazing city - where in the Bay Area is the best place for a Saturday morning hike?

Shannon McMahon, Lead Teacher 

I joined New School in 2015 with eight years of elementary teaching experience in charter and district public schools in Washington, D.C., and New York City. I began my career in education as a Teach For America corps member in the Bronx, and have been passionate about teaching and educational equity ever since. Most recently, I taught 3rd Grade at Maury Elementary in D.C., where I worked on a curriculum team to help revamp Common Core Standards-aligned math and literacy units to be more engaging and student-centered. I have a Bachelors of Science from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in elementary and special education from Pace University. 

I love to cook, bake, and experiment in the kitchen. I am currently working on my latest venture – homemade ice cream!


My Big Question: What are we currently doing that our grandchildren will look at and wonder how we could ever have done?

My Big Question: What are we currently doing that our grandchildren will look at and wonder how we could ever have done?

Kimberly Stevenson, Lead Teacher

I’m thrilled to be joining New School having spent the past eight years teaching in a variety of classrooms. I began teaching in South San Francisco spending time in first grade and kindergarten. While then earning my Masters Degree in special education, I also taught an Academic Instruction classroom for students impacted by autism. Most recently I have been teaching transitional kindergarten for Rocketship Education and am consistently impressed by my young students’ astute observations and persistence in reaching for their infinite potential.  I am deeply in love with the city of San Francisco and am excited to be part of a school making change in the city I want to make my lifelong home.  

Outside of school I'm most likely at a dog park or watching Giants' baseball. But my favorite place of all is the mountain lake I am fortunate to spend my summers on, living in a cabin and driving a boat taxi.


My Big Question: How do we know there are only 8 wonders of the world? Who deems this so, and why is the list so short?

My Big Question: How do we know there are only 8 wonders of the world? Who deems this so, and why is the list so short?

Camille Spivey, Resident Teacher / Grade Level Chair / Lead Teacher Sub 

With nine years experience in the field of education, I have worn many hats: Coach, After School Program Director, Camp Director, Teacher, as well as Special Education Coordinator. I have a heart for equitable urban education, and an even deeper desire to get it right -- for ALL students. Most recently I was a founding science teacher at UP Academy Dorchester in Boston, Mass. I graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in political science, and an MAT in elementary education.

I enjoy discovering San Francisco, running, spending time with my family, hiking, and of course, Beyonce!


My Big Question: If a T. Rex and a Momma Ankylosaurus met up in the late Cretaceous period and battled over Baby Ankylosaurus, who would win? 

My Big Question: If a T. Rex and a Momma Ankylosaurus met up in the late Cretaceous period and battled over Baby Ankylosaurus, who would win? 

Joseph Shook, Resident Teacher

I'm a Wisconsin native who moved to the Bay Area as part of Teach for America after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. For the past three years, I've been a special education teacher in San Jose, Calif., and love working with students of all abilities. I can't wait to dive into exploratory and experiential learning with my students at the New School!

When not teaching, I spend as much time as possible outdoors.