5th Grade Humanities Teacher

“Teaching is so much more than pouring content into a child, it is inspiring growth and change, and empowering students to be GREAT. Having positive interactions with students can lead to increased engagement and confidence in our students. It is my desire, as an educator, to help students develop and meet their fullest potential by providing a safe and stimulating environment that supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Our intimate learning environment at City Academy fosters opportunities for individual student needs; working closely with learners by enhancing their strengths and improving upon their weaknesses.”  

Shalawn Fennoy served as City Academy’s first fourth-grade teacher for ten years. Wanting to explore other grade levels, she dived into teaching second grade for three years before returning to fourth grade for a year, and later serving as the sixth-grade teacher for five years. She is thrilled to teach fifth grade for the 2022-23 term.

Prior to Shalawn’s teaching career at City Academy, she served as a data entry clerk at Regions Bank for ten years. Shalawn credits her role in banking for teaching her how to effectively interact with people and the importance of flexibility and commitment to your job.

An active advocate for education in St. Louis, Shalawn has participated in numerous community service organizations including Mentor for St. Louis, Project Success, and the GEAR UP Program.

Outside of her duties as a teacher, Shalawn enjoys being a loving wife and mother, listening to live jazz bands, and immersing herself in a good suspense novel or movie filled with plot twists and thrillers.

She has been married to her husband Mario since 2013 and together they have a daughter Xhavia Joyce Fennoy.

M.S., Fontbonne University
B.A., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville