Faculty in Focus: 5 Things we Learned from Pre-K Teacher Shonell Best

You are the first teacher that many of our Panthers meet! What is it about teaching our youngest learners that motivates you?

I care about my students' acquisition of academic knowledge, but I also care about their happiness, safety and overall well-being. What motivates me most about teaching our youngest learners is that they inform me through their reactions on how to adapt my instructional practices. Their honest reactions help me self-assess to become a better teacher.

Celebrating Blue and White Day with students

How long have you been at PDS? What is the "PDS Difference" in your opinion?

I’ve worked at PDS for nine years. The PDS Difference is not just one concept, and it is currently being shaped by the School’s commitment to develop a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Where our differences are respected, celebrated and affirmed. As Maya Angelou so eloquently put it… “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” Here’s to making PDS a home away from home for all!


Shonell Best holding hands with son in front of collaborative school art project

What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy taking photos and watching documentaries. And it always makes me feel good to organize and declutter! 

What are three words your friends or family would use to describe you?

I asked my family and friends this question, and they couldn’t stick to just three words! So they came up with loving, accessible, determined, thoughtful.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

Like most people, I cannot live without food, water or chocolate. However, the one thing I don’t want to live without is hugs from my son, Joshua. His hugs are like sweet, hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night.


Shonell Best with her family in front of the Statue of Liberty

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