Who is DeShanna?

DeShanna King’s educational experience spans nearly 10 years. She has served as a special education classroom teacher, as well as a math and science teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade. DeShanna has written and designed math curricula for grades 3–5, serves as an administrator in a public charter school, and is a mentor for new administrators in her district. Her background also includes serving in the United States Army for eight years and conducting community-based research in behavioral health. Through aha! Process, DeShanna provides training and consulting for Emotional Poverty.

Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher’s College, Western Governors University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas at San Antonio

Work History:

  • Assistant Principal and Dean of Students
  • Teacher, EC-6, General and Special Education
  • Healthcare Specialist/Combat Medic, United States Army

What was your aha! moment?

My most recent aha! moment came when I became an administrator. I knew that my students were truly hurting emotionally and socially. The vicious cycle of home-life and social-life stressors led to behavioral incidents, which led to school stressors, and the cycle continued. I also knew that teachers were feeling overwhelmed with their own home-, social-, and school-life issues, which was inadvertently contributing to the cycle. Identifying, acknowledging, and openly addressing the emotional poverty of all parties was the catalyst for much needed change. It was and is the key to motivating positive behaviors and responses from students, encouraging social growth of both students and adults, and understanding why certain behaviors occurred, as well as the triggers, and stopping the cycle.

What are your passions?

I am very passionate about acts of service, so I always look for ways and places I can be of service. I believe the best way to improve a community is by taking action and being of service to its people. Whether it is volunteering at a local charity or at my church, giving back and serving others is what fills my cup.

What do you do for fun?

I love crafting and carpentry! I have always enjoyed working with my hands, and there is just something special about creating something that can be used and passed down from person to person, generation to generation. I learned the craft from my uncle when I was a kid, and I have been doing it ever since. My most favorite pieces that I have built so far are a set of outdoor furniture and a farmhouse table.