My name is Shannon Lueken and I have been in education for 23 years. I am currently a 6th grade math and science teacher and Academic Coach at Walter Colton Middle School in Monterey, CA.
I choose to serve on the Lyceum Board because, as an educator, I fully support providing enriching experiences for our youth. The Lyceum’s history of bringing learning opportunities to our youngsters throughout Monterey County is admirable, and I want to help foster a love of learning. I believe that provided the right situation, each child can become a lifelong learner. The Lyceum does just that.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, 12 year old son, and 9 year old daughter. I also enjoy reading, horseback riding, and taking care of my cat, two dogs, four fish, and two chickens.
Assistant Professor - CSUMB Teacher Education Department, Special Education Program.
Reason for joining Board: Providing extracurricular activities to children on the peninsula is vitally important.
Major outside interests: Family, Travel.
Philosophical statement: "A man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to it's original dimensions" - Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Susan Nine is a retired teacher/attorney. She believes in the importance of the advancement of creativity and learning. Susan says "In my classroom, at the end of each teaching day, we put aside the adopted "standards" and made time for free exploration, allowing each child the opportunity to choose according to his/her natural inclination from many options. This was the magic time. Some chose Legos, some to draw or paint, some made puppet shows, worked in the garden or put together puzzles. It was the time when every child was thoroughly engaged and imagination reigned. I was able to watch every child come alive. We all need to be given time for, and encouraged to create and explore. There is less and less time provided in school, if any, to recognize and develop individual talents and give students time to freely express their natural creativity. Offering a variety of programs that allow children to explore and discover what makes them come alive is a most worthy enterprise".
Wayne CruzanGeorge Bishop, DVM
Robert Black, MD
Forbes Bastian Keaton
Karlheinz Woehler, Ph.D
Professor, Applied Linguistics and TESOL/TFL - MIIS, a graduate school of Middlebury College.
Reason for joining Board: Both of my children had wonderful, enriching experiences in lyceum clases and triads, so I am excited to be part of providing this opportunity for other families and children.
Major outside interests: Travel, reading, photography, walking, spending time with family and friends.
Philosophical Statement: "Be what you are and become what you are capable of -- the future lies in ourselves". I wrote this as a 17 year old HS senior for my yearbook, and now many years later, I still live these words and also try to help others see and live their potentials and be true to themselves.
RN, Natividad Medical Center and two national long-term care nursing organizations.
Reason for joining Board: I am very interested in education of youth about the varieties of career opportunities available to them, and have a particular interest in careers for which bilingual/bi-cultural skills and knowledge are great assets.
Major outside interests: Early American history, European history, ancient history, archaeology and human and animal diseases.