Shawn grew up and graduated from high school in Tea, South Dakota. Following that, he attended South Dakota State University and, after switching majors from chemistry to English education, graduated with an English Education degree in 2017. Throughout his college career Shawn knew that he wanted to teach, but was unsure of what he wanted to teach. While interning with Pastor Jessey at GracePoint, he realized his call to teach about Jesus, not a school subject.
Some of Shawn's favorite things are: reading, playing drums, cheering on Seattle sports teams, enjoying hoodie weather when it’s gray outside, and playing every and any kind of board/card game.