Shawn is originally from Kansas City. Before joining KCUR as a part-time weekend announcer in 2006, he worked at KERA in Dallas and KNTU in Denton. Shawn teaches Digital Media Technology at Summit Technology Academy and works as a video production specialist for the Lee's Summit R-7 school district. In 2018, he was one of 12 teachers named Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching award winners. He also works as a composer and arranger and a music educator in Lee's Summit, where he teaches jazz band and marching band at Lee's Summit West. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of instrumental arranging at UMKC.