Shawnn Martin is the newest addition to team MRVED as the Adult Basic Education Coordinator. Shawnn comes to the district as a second-career professional having served in the United States Air Force. He has a background in administration and leadership. During his time in the military he served in various educational roles from classroom instruction to serving as a department head at a university. His teaching background includes vocational technology in avionics systems and university instruction for the Air Force as a professor and department head of aerospace studies for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Kansas State University. A lifelong learner, Shawnn has completed degrees in occupational instruction, mathematics, and management and is currently in the last phase of a doctoral program in education. His current academic work is focusing on the challenges of alternative certification and second-career professionals entering into teaching in a k-12 educational setting. Shawnn’s top five strengths from “StengthsFinder 2.0” are: analytical, deliberative, ideation, input, and learner. What does this mean? He is overall a strategic thinker who is open to sharing ideas and using research and available data to inform decisions. He will keep the long range goals in mind when working on various task and projects to ensure they align with where MRVED is going next. He and Erica have two kids who attend school in Granite Falls. Outside of work Shawnn is a novice runner, hunter, fisher, and amateur gardener. In a typical year he will run 1 or 2 half-marathons. He is competing in his first Ragnar race in 2019 where the team of 12 will relay run from St. Paul to Duluth. In the fall he can be found on the weekends in a duck blind, walking a field or in a deer stand. The family enjoys fishing during the summer and fall. In late summer and fall they make salsa, spaghetti sauce, and pickles along with many wonderful meals from their garden. In the coming years they will begin making jellies and jams as their fruit plants start to produce.