Phone: (651) 325-2492


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, St. Olaf College

Ms. Shanahan

My name is Karen Shanahan and I am the Family Liaison at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School. I became the Family Liaison at Mays in 2010. I received a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Olaf, but the education I rely on most in my job is what I gained from being a mother. I have five children, all of whom attend, or graduated from, Saint Paul Public Schools. For several years before I became a Family Liaison, I was partnering with schools as a parent.

I love helping families connect to the learning that takes place at Mays. Parents are their child's first teacher. Supporting the partnership between home and school helps support the education of all of our children.

At Mays, the partnership between home and school is important. We host several events throughout the year to gather feedback, build capacity, and celebrate the work of our children. I post information in the "News", "Families" and "Classroom" sections of the website to keep families informed. I also help facilitate the Mays Weekly Highlights email that is sent to families. Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. I can be reached at or (651) 325-2492. I try to respond withing 24 hours when school is in session.