Shalonda’s educational journey encompasses: Associates of Arts Degree at Kilgore College, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at University of Texas at Tyler, and an alternative teaching certification from Letourneau University in Longview, TX in 2007. Shalonda later earned her Master of Education in Educational Administration with Principal Certification (2011) and Superintendent Certification (2012). She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership through Walden University with an expected completion in 2019. Shalonda’s professional career in the world of academia began in January 2006 in Pine Tree ISD to which she has remained for the past 12 years. She currently serves as the PACE Alternative Campus Principal.
Shalonda’s is very active in her community. She is serves with the City of Longview Partners in Prevention in many capacities; Longview Teen Court Board of Directors; Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines Board of Governors and Longview Council Member, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Kappa Mu President (2018-2020), and is a Women in Longview Member.
Shalonda’s life purpose/motto is to “heal the hearts of the children, so they don’t become hurting adults”. She strives to promote this healing by focusing on empowering the youth to live their best life now, even in the face of adverse situations. Another aspect is this work is by empowering and supporting the adults that serve the youth in all capacities.