SHAPA Elementary

SHAPA Elementary serves Oregon students in grades K-5. Our experienced elementary teachers work with families to guide curriculum choices, provide social and academic opportunities, and provide support to families.

Our elementary teachers offer a variety of specialized learning opportunities, including Ancient Greek Art/History, Computer Programming, Skill Building, and Conversational Spanish.

Meet our Elementary Team:

Christy Shaver

Position: K-2 Mentor Teacher
Education: BA in Psychology, MS in Early Childhood/Elementary Special Education (with endorsements in General Education and Reading Intervention)
 About:  This is Mrs. Shaver’s first year at SHAPA but her 20th year of teaching.  She has worked with preschool through 5th grade students in a range of settings and is passionate about supporting all kids in learning how to be the best version of themselves.  Mrs. Shaver was born and raised in Oregon but has lived in Ireland and Washington state.  She enjoys reading, napping, and traveling with her husband, three young sons, and their Sheepadoodle – Maggie.

Lisa Braun

Position: 3-5 Mentor Teacher
Education: MAME – Elementary K-8 Mathematics/ Elementary Education
Mrs. Braun has been at SHAPA for 11 years as a teacher. She joined SHAPA as a parent. She lives with her husband, 2 boys, 1 dog and 2 cats. She enjoys traveling and camping. In her free time she can be found outside in her garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We offer $500/semester for curriculum, $100/semester for enrichment, and $25/semester for supplies. 

There are two components to attendance: check-ins and work completion. Each student (or parent) must check in with their mentor teacher twice a week. This has to be a two-way communication via phone, email, text, chat, or online meeting. Parents who are directing their own student’s learning must submit weekly updates about progress.  This might include work samples or verbal updates.

That depends on the student.  The younger the student is, the less time they should be online.  The youngest students usually work exclusively out of books. Families can choose the right balance of online instruction vs. book instruction for their child.

Our elementary students have the opportunity to meet virtually through the week for class activities. In addition, we offer field trips and activities throughout the year. 


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