Mrs. Shankle

8th Grade Language Arts and U.S.History


A Little About MeMrs. Shankle's Family

Welcome! My name is Jennifer Shankle. This is my 21st year teaching: 3 years in an elementary school in LaMirada where I taught Kindergarten through 2nd grades, and I have been at HIS since we opened our doors in 2002.I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Fullerton in the discipline of Child and Adolescent studies, My teaching credential at UCLA, and I completed my Master's Degree in Instruction, Curriculum Design, and Assessment at Marygrove University.  

My husband and I met on a Pop Warner football field, playing and cheering for the same team and we were very involved with the team for about 20 years - playing, cheerleading, coaching, etc. We have a wonderful family of 6! - Our "oldest child"; Matt, is my husband's cousin and has been a part of our family since he was 11, he is now 29. We also have a daughter, Caitlyn - 15 yrs. old, a son, Ryan - 12 yrs, and our youngest daughter- Riley - 5 yrs. We are a very active family. Matt has played baseball since he was 7, Caitlyn is a competitive dancer, and Ryan plays year-round travel baseball. Riley was born with a bilateral cleft lip and had surgery to repair it when she was 3 months old and is a very active little girl! She currently plays little league baseball. When we are not on a sports field or at a dance competition, we love to camp, play on the water, and spend time with our family of friends.

Educational Philosophy
My philosophy of teaching is founded on the idea that each child is unique and deserves a rich educational environment. I believe students must experience high expectations in academic curriculum and personal behavior, and need to be empowered to take accountability for their own learning. My lessons include strategies to meet several learning modalities at once, and promote critical thinking and questioning. As a teacher, I believe it is my role to guide my students to become lifelong learners and contributing members in our diverse society. I strive to create a positive community in my classroom; a community in which all of my students are empowered to question, gain the self-discipline to work independently and collaboratively, and the freedom to make and learn from mistakes.