The National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) is the professional organization that advocates for standards-driven nontraditional educator preparation leading to effective school staffing. NAAC reviews trends and issues to inform practices and policies relevant to recruitment, preparation, certification, support, assessment, and retention of high-performing educators.
Peeples is a former journalist who completed her certification through West Texas A&M University's alternative certification program in 2003. She is an English teacher and instructional coach at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. NAAC member Susan Loe Allen, who has directed the WTAMU program for 15 years, says, "Shanna makes a difference every day for students in her classroom. We celebrate the commitment to student success that this honor represents, and the WT family is proud to have had a part in her preparation as an educator."