Proud native Austinite, Shaina grew up exploring the local parks and greenbelts. Never really wanting to leave the beauty of the city, Shaina ventured as far as San Marcos, TX where she received her BS in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from Texas State University. She loved being able to take the classroom outdoors and study her surroundings.
After graduating, Shaina gained experience working as a Lead Biologist at an aquarium. She also spent time working with local wildlife rehabilitation programs, preforming field research for conservation efforts, and sometime in the medical industry. These experiences helped her realize she wanted to combine the two things she loved the most, science and helping others, which led her to education. Shaina has now been with Fusion for 2 years and has become the Science Department Head. She loves having the opportunity to build one on one relationships with each of her students, allowing her to modify class to make it fun and engaging for each individual.