Shawn Lees-Carr

Experienced, multi-certified MD teacher

Who I Am

I am a learning specialist, a tenured teacher with more than 20 years of experience in several specialty areas. Currently, I am an elementary school media specialist in Frederick, MD. Before earning my second master's degree in school library science, I worked with diverse students and staff as a secondary reading specialist and English teacher. I also have taught education courses at the university level.


Three for the Price of One

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  • Highly qualified 5-12 English/Language Arts teacher
  • Employed diverse multi-literacy learning tools to facilitate student mastery of curriculum
  • Differentiated and personalized instruction through the use of centers, digital learning platforms, multisensory learning tools, learning contracts and choice boards
  • Utilized a variety of formative and summative assessment data to measure academic growth and provide targeted feedback for student and county-driven goals
  • Certified as a school media specialist
  • Transformed dated media center space and collection to support 21st Century learning objectives
  • Incorporated flexible seating, maker spaces, STEAM/coding clubs and robotics
  • Increased meaningful and effective technology use among staff and students by implementing multifaceted plan
  • Enhanced media center's image as the learning hub or center of school
  • Curated and provided professional learning opportunities, coaching and MSDE courses


  • Certified as a reading specialist
  • Experienced working with secondary students and a variety of literacy programs in diverse schools
  • Assessed and diagnosed student literacy needs
  • Developed, implemented and monitored intervention plans
  • Taught READ 180, System 44, hybrid, Bridge and HSA intervention courses
  • Provided extensive interdisciplinary staff development, mentoring and coaching
  • Created community outreach and personalized literacy programs

How I Spell "Success" with Three Cs

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Technology to Engage Staff and Students

Some of my favorite technology tools:

  • Schoology
  • Peardeck/Google Add-On
  • Flipgrid
  • Padlet
  • Quizizz/Kahoots
  • Google Meet
  • Google Jamboard
  • Goggle slides, forms, docs and spreadsheet
  • Google Sites, Weebly, Smore and Symbaloo

Currently Reading:

Disrupted Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction

The Gifts of Imperfection

All American Boys


  • Advisor of many clubs, including National Honor Society, FIRST LEGO League Robotics, coding, school newspaper/webpage, chess, foreign language, poetry, etc.
  • Member of many school improvement initiatives, including team leader, literacy committee, new teacher mentor, curriculum writing, feeder system improvement, etc.

Contact Me!

Shawn Lees-Carr


4 Old Barn Court

Thurmont, MD