Shannon Tebbetts, a spring and fall 2010 alumna, was featured in The Traveling School’s 2019 Impact Report as an Alumnae Changemaker. 


Her story below: 


Changemaker Status: 

Public Health Champion, Seattle, WA

Her Passions:

Women’s health

Promoting health equity

Access to outdoor spaces

The Traveling School Spark: 

“My Traveling School semester acted as a springboard into the rest of my life; it shaped my undergraduate studies, led me to the Peace Corps, prompted me to guide and mentor students in experiential learning and sowed the seeds for my interest in working with women. 

Although it’s been ten years since I left The Traveling School, I can still draw a line from my current passions to my semester. As a student, I remember having discussions about feminism, empowering women and taking responsibility for the wellbeing of our global and local communities. I had my first ever conversation in Spanish on my semester and have pursued it ever since. These values that have guided and shaped my decision to go into public health and nursing,  and I will take them with me wherever my career goes next. ”

Her Impact: 

“I am using my Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and working as a nurse with Spanish-Speaking women in Seattle. I work with women who have immigrated to the U.S. many of whom face challenges regarding citizenship, lack of housing and lack of insurance. 

The non-profit where I work enables me to care for this population regardless of their ability to pay. I have the privilege of visiting pregnant women and new moms in their homes, doing health assessments and providing essential education and support services. Through this non-profit, I am able to lobby for better policies to protect women and advocate for change upstream in the government. 

I feel strongly about protecting global communities within our borders, promoting health equity and working with women. The Traveling School exposed me to many of these themes and it’s been a privilege to build on my Traveling School experiences to cultivate my passions and incorporate them into my daily life. ” 

Thank you , Shannon, for sharing your story with us!