by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Spark Photography

Inspiring Involvement

Shannon Clark is dedicated to helping children learn and grow in 92128. She earned a degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development at San Diego State, and stayed for a fifth year for her teaching credential; she was an elementary school teacher in Ramona before having kids of her own. Now, she’s a substitute teacher with Poway Unified School District, vice president of the Shoal Creek Elementary PTA, and leader of Girl Scout Troop 2361 for girls in grades K-3.


“I became involved by attending my first PTA meeting when my children started kindergarten,” she said. Over the years, that involvement has included roles as volunteer coordinator, treasurer, yearbook, and hospitality chairs. Her current focus is bringing assemblies to the school.

She added, “My biggest accomplishment is working with the Girl Scouts. I love it when the girls get to try new things. It brings excitement to them, which makes me smile.” She explained that all the girls in her troop joined for different reasons, which end up bringing them all closer together. “Some come to Girl Scouts to find new friends, some come to do arts and crafts, some come to sell cookies and earn prizes, some come to just have fun. We do all of those things.”


Name: Shannon Clark
Community: Carmel Mountain Ranch
Volunteer Affiliation: Shoal Creek Elementary and Girl Scouts
Profession: Teacher, currently a substitute teacher for PUSD
Family: Husband – Marc; three kids – Ethan (14), Dylan (14), Hannah (8)
Hobbies: Reading, the beach

Shannon and the girls are currently excited for cookie season, which continues through March 12. She’s also on the lookout for new opportunities for the troop to explore. “We love for community volunteers to open up their business and let us see what you do,” she said. “Next month we will tour the 911 dispatch center and find out what happens when we make a 911 call.”


She and her husband Marc have spent the past 14 years in Carmel Mountain Ranch, now with eight-year-old Hannah and 14-year-old twins Ethan and Dylan. She considers herself a Southern California girl at heart. “I dreamed of attending college in San Diego and enjoying the beaches, palm trees, and sunny weather. The bonus was meeting my husband and getting to stay here after college,” she shared. “Now I get to live, work, and play where I always dreamed of living.”

Group: Girl Scout Troop 2361
Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Group: Shoal Creek Elementary PTA
Mission: Shoal Creek Elementary PTA supports and enhances the school and community.