Shawnette Olney Somner | Founder

“I once posted on social media  - “Don’t try to be me; you might hurt yourself.”  That self-made quote garnered lots of attention. Multi-tasking is one of my strengths. For as long as I can remember I have worked hard and tirelessly and I’ve helped people with all range of matters and situations. I feel joy to know that someone can move forward or begin to see things differently after seeking my help. I recognize I’m not perfect, but I’m thankful and blessed for my God-given multi-talented abilities in numerous areas that allows me to sustain myself and also help others. My hope and prayer is that this website will now afford people the opportunity to reach out to me to select that which they are interested in and to take the first step towards their next goal with my help as I do my part to motivate to inspire.”
Selected by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1984 as a Future Outstanding Teacher, Shawnette has fulfilled her childhood dream of being an educator since graduating North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1984. She graduated Magna Cum Laude honors with a Bachelors Degree in Education. She obtained her Masters Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in Educational Leadership and Supervision in 2000.
Shawnette has enjoyed every year of her educational journey! After spending 20 years in the Bermuda public education system teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels, serving as mentor to new teachers and also serving as principal at one of Bermuda’s elementary schools, Shawnette realized her greatest childhood dream by opening her own school, Star Academy, in 2004.  Regrettably, her school fell prey to the economic downturn and seven and a half years after successful operation, Star Academy closed in December 2011.
In September 2012, Shawnette began a new path of education by becoming the Education Officer for the Bermuda Department of Corrections where her responsibilities include overseeing  the education programs for inmates in all of the correctional facilities and supervising the teaching staff. She thoroughly enjoys working with inmates!
Shawnette also enjoys writing and has self-published three poetry books. She was a weekly columnist for the weekend newspaper, The Bermuda Sun, until it ceased printing. In July 2002, Shawnette founded the Etiquette Class for Girls and has had a few hundred young ladies complete her program in the areas of self-esteem, self-presentation and selflessness.
Shawnette remains in demand for quite a number of initiatives.  She spent many years working with the contestants of the Miss Teen Bermuda Island Pageants and The Miss Big and Beautiful Pageants helping to prepare them for stage presence in speaking and posture.
Remaining in high demand, the once radio show host of Generations – a radio talk show geared to encourage young people to call in to express themselves - Shawnette has been a public speaker to numerous events and has been invited to sit on numerous public panels to offer her expertise and feedback on a number of topics including single parenthood and violence among youth.   
In her free time, which she readily admits she rarely has, Shawnette enjoys socializing with close friends, singing, and taking get away trips locally or overseas to relax.   

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