2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

The Manning School - Resonance

- MST
Broadmoor Hall B

Shawna Mendez
The Manning School of Academics and Arts, Choir Director

Shawna Mendez has been working as a performing arts teacher in Jefferson County for nineteen years teaching choir, band, orchestra and musical theater. She is currently in her sixteenth year at The Manning School of Academics and Arts in Golden, Colorado where she directs choir and musical theater. She directs two full  musicals each year and hosts summer theatre for students across the district. Shawna has been a mentor teacher and has had numerous student teacher placements throughout the years. Shawna received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with choral emphasis from Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she studied conducting with Dr. Michael J. Kornelsen, and was the student director of the vocal jazz group. Shawna holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. As a quarter-finalist (2014) and semi-finalist (2020) for the Grammy Music Educator Award, Shawna was recognized for her work with students. She has spent a lot of time in music ministry and has directed worship teams, choirs and children’s groups. Shawna is a child advocate and former foster parent to eleven children. She is happily married to another music educator in Jefferson County, John Mendez, and has two handsome sons, Alec and Bret as well as two beautiful daughters, Eliana and Julia.


Presider - Christian Ramaker, Principal, The Manning School

Concert Host - Shanti Gruber, VMC District 8 Representative