Shannon Barela worked as a preschool teacher at St. Justin for seven years before taking over the position of Preschool Director. She grew up in Massachusetts and moved to California when she was eleven. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City and attended San Francisco State University. While working for a merchandising company, she decided to change her career path and go back to school to study Child Development. She has been working in this field for the last eighteen years and feels truly blessed to have found her passion. She is married and lives in Santa Clara with her family. Both of her children graduated from St. Justin. They are an avid sports family and enjoy rooting for our local teams.