Shawn is an English teacher with a master’s degree in education from Harvard, having taught at university, high school and middle school levels. She helps lead a writing group and has won short story and play-writing contests in Grosse Pointe. Together with husband Peter, they are a teacher-pastor duo who share a love of literature and an interest in physical fitness. They host and facilitate two monthly literary groups at their home, one focused on short stories and the other on novels. They have coached track and cross country teams and have also led running groups for beginners and veterans. They are themselves the veterans of 5ks, marathons, triathlons, and competitive collegiate running.