Shanell Lavallie

Montana’s Foster Care System

22 years old


Shanell is currently student teaching at Whittier Elementary in Great Falls, MT. She will graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education this June. Shanell was in two foster care placements; she spent a total of 17 years in the foster care system and aged out at 18 years old.

Shanell is passionate about being a voice for Native American foster youth in the education system. She is a tireless scholar, advocate, and educator that expands her knowledge to better equip youth for success that she works with. Shanell hopes to reach the young people that need mentorship, inspiration, and hope, which she aspires to offer to help youth from all backgrounds live out their wildest dreams.

She aspires to pursue her master's degree in Educational Leadership because Education is of value and a high virtue for Shanell. She believes, “Once you receive your education, no one can ever take it away from you. It’s your foundation; it’s your life. It’s up to you.”

Team(s) or Cohort(s)
2021 Outstanding Young Leaders