Shannon Russell Hardy has been with Exploris since 2000, and is currently on the 6th grade team. She is certified in math, social studies, ELA, gifted, with a Principal I license, an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and three times National Board certified. She has participated in teacher exchanges in Russia, Japan, Belize, and Germany. Hardy led Exploris’ application for the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Green Ribbon and co-designed a 10-part series on utility savings in k-12 schools. She is a statewide trainer and champion for Design for Change, a global movement that empowers students to transform the world using a framework: FEEL, IMAGINE, DO, and SHARE. In 2019 her students participated in a Youth Summit in Rome where they were recognized by Pope Frances for their work to end racism. Hardy is one of the co-founders of the Wake County Truth and Reconciliation Committee and continues to work with her students to reveal our community’s hard history about lynching and segregation. Her “Red Wolf Project” was featured in a webinar by PBLWorks, and listed as one of John Larmer’s “favorite projects” for 2020. In 2021 Shannon and her students presented their environmental and social justice projects in PBL24+ and Singapore’s Be the Change Youth Summit. As an Open Way Learning (OWL) Ambassador she is a member of a team of teachers willing to disrupt education’s status quo. This fall she will be a featured teacher in Corwin’s Worldwise Learning: A Teacher’s Guide to a Just, Sustainable World.