Shawn M. Hayes is a K-5 Instructional Resource Teacher a Fairley Elementary, where he began teaching in 2011. Prior to becoming a teacher, Shawn worked for a brief time in television. He left the media profession to pursue a life-long passion for helping youth, fostered by his work in youth leadership development. Shawn has served as his school’s administrative team member, culture team member, leadership team member, support team leader, Common Core chair and School Improvement Plan chair. He has co-authored the school’s School Improvement Grant, awarded over a 3-year period to assist in closing the achievement gap at Fairley Elementary. Shawn is the recipient of the 2012 Prestige Award and the Barbara Bolton Award for Excellence in Special Education, as well as a 2012 Failure Free Reading and MCS Teacher of the Month. He has served as a Tennessee Common Core Coach since 2013. He holds a BA in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati, and an MA in Education from the University of Memphis.