Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2008 Alumni Washington Fellow
Bio/Overview: Shively is currently the Principal of Wheeling Central Catholic School in West Virginia. When she was six years old, she informed her Dad, a career Army officer, that she wanted to fly airplanes in the military. With his encouragement, Shively never wavered from her goal. Upon graduation from high school, she entered the United States Air Force Academy, having received a Presidential appointment. Four years later, Shively realized her dream by graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, a commission in the Air Force, and a pilot training slot. After nine years in the Air Force, Shively chose to make her family her top priority by leaving active duty to pursue a new career goal – that of becoming a teacher. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, teaching three years in Virginia before she and her husband moved to Georgia.
Achievements: Shively has published two books about our country’s Civil War and Revolutionary War sites, and numerous children’s board books for Seaworld and the San Diego Zoo. As an Air Force Reserve Historian, Shively has written histories such as the Air Force’s participation in Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort, a pamphlet about the Tuskegee Airmen, and articles for Citizen Airmen magazine.
Leadership Experience: With her extensive background in math and science and her desire to bring math more to the fore in elementary school, Shively initiated various math and science programs and activities for students and their parents. In an effort to ensure that the teachers knew how to teach math to fourth- and fifth-graders, Shively helped to create a summer Math Institute to teach best math instructional methods to summer school teachers, while during the school year she offered after-school classes to teachers who volunteered to learn in-depth the algebraic concepts they were teaching their students. To reach new teachers with proven math instruction, Shively volunteered to run the mentor program and oversee the more than thirty mentors and protégés. As a former military member and someone deeply passionate about living our Constitution, Shively annually involved her students in different community service projects for the school, local veterans, and families in need.
Affiliations: United States Air Force
Education: Shively completed her undergraduate education at the United States Air Force Academy, and later graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters’ Degree in Early Childhood Education. She went on to earn her gifted instructor certification, National Board Certification, and a Specialist Degree in middle grades math and science from Brenau University.Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Math/science education
- Gifted education
- Historical writing
- Private school education