Shawn Hettinga was raised in the Ozark Mountains and has been an educator for thirteen years. When she graduated high school, she traveled to Arkansas Tech University where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and Early Childhood Education. She taught 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade English while earning her Master's in Teaching degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Later, she earned her Master's in Counseling and Leadership and her Master's in Educational Leadership and Administration from Arkansas Tech University while serving as a 6th-12th school counselor. Later, she served as a K-3 school counselor at Dardanelle Primary School. After obtaining her Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree from Arkansas Tech University, she started a new job as Instructional Supervisor of literacy and technology for the Dardanelle School District while also adjuncting as an instructor of Counseling and Master Teacher Leadership courses at Arkansas Tech University.
Shawn is a certified Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Research and Technology Ambassador (Cohort Spring 2018), member of the Arkansas School Counselor Association (ArSCA), nominated member-at-large of the Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (AASCD), Arkansas Tech University (ATU) College for Leadership and Learning (CLL) Counseling Department Shareholder, and the Arkansas Tech (ATU) 2018 Graduate Gala Student Award Recipient.
Shawn is married to a coach and current high school counselor, is the mother to two young children, and has three Labradors at home. She enjoys reading, raising her chickens, the farmer's market, snow days, camping and floating on the Buffalo River, and trying new restaurants with her family.