My Story

Shannon Baldonado

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended schools right here in the beautiful North Valley.  After high school, I enlisted into the military and served my country as an Airman in the United States Air Force.  After returning to Albuquerque, I began my undergraduate and graduate studies in Clinical Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University

During my graduate program, I had a strong desire to serve our youth in the schools, so began my journey as a School Social Worker in Special Education.  As my passion grew, I transitioned into an administrative role serving students as the Director of Special Education. This is where I was able to use my skills as a social worker to grow and build a program to support students with specific needs. 

My advocacy for student success led me to obtain my certificate in Educational Administrative Leadership.  Serving as an Assistant Principal with a background in social work afforded me the opportunity to focus on a student-centered model at a macro level.  While I love applying my work at an administrative level, I also value family deeply.  For this reason, I decided to go back to my roots of working with students as a school social worker which allows me to balance my work and commit time to my family.

Speaking of Family…

I married my high school sweetheart, Mario and we have two amazing children, Gabby and Mario Jr.  We have two fur babies; one large German Sheppard, Charlotte, and one tiny, miniature pinscher/chihuahua mix, Sophie. 

Our favorite thing to do as a family is to go camping!  In other free time, we enjoy hanging out with our family, relaxing at home, playing board games and fixing puzzles!

Why Menaul?

As I transitioned out of my previous school, I knew I needed to find a school that aligned with my Social Work core values, and most importantly my personal values.  I wanted a school that encouraged academic inquiry and growth, but not just in core contents. 

I wanted a school that respected and encouraged diversity, tradition and community; a school that operated from a student-centered, system-based model – supporting the whole child.  Menaul School is just that! 

Shannon Baldonado

I am excited to begin my journey at Menaul School and hope to make meaningful contributions to its mission and values.  I look forward to integrating into this wonderful community!


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