Shelly Mangion is a 3rd grade teacher at Park Road Elementary. A native of Splendora, Texas, she attended Oklahoma State University. Shelly has been teaching at CPS for 34 years and is a mentor teacher at Park Road.
Q What led you to teaching?
A I’ve always loved helping others learn new things.
Q Did you have any key mentors or people who influenced your decision to become an educator?
A My mother always told me that education was the key to success. I think helping others succeed is wonderful.
Q What would you say most motivates you to teach?
A Students that are eager to learn.
Q What are you most excited or passionate about?
A Using technology to help students in the classroom.
Q What do you find most challenging about being a teacher?
A Getting students to understand how important their education is to their future.
Q What's the best thing to happen since you started teaching?
A When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, my class and coworkers came together to offer me support. I was fortunate
enough to see our school community in a new light. Everyone was quick to help with anything I needed. I will be forever
grateful to everyone that helped me with my fight against cancer.
Q What might students and parents be surprised to know about you?
A I drove a motorcycle in college.
Q What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
A I can’t think of anything. I’ve always wanted to teach.
Q What are three things every teacher should own?
A An iPad, a sense of humor and a team of coworkers that works well together.
Shelly has been married to Chuck for 28 years. They have a son, Mason, who is 24 years old. She loves to read and enjoys quilting by hand.