Shannon M. Stanton Agbotse


Shannon StantonAssociate Professor
Nadine Austin Wood Endowed Chair in U.S. History
Department of Education & Child Development

Philadelphia House, 2nd Floor
562.907.4200, ext.4429

Academic History

B.A., American Literature and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Ed.M., Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard University
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSU, Dominguez Hills
Ph.D., Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture, University of California, Berkeley 


Shannon M. Stanton Agbotse is an Associate Professor in Education at Whittier College where she specializes in culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education, literacy, and teaching diverse learners within a social justice framework. Some of her scholarship includes:

  • UPLIFT: Uniting Passion, Literacy, & Identity for Transformation, an enrichment program working with elementary and middle school students from a strengths-based framework that values their strengths, talents, and cultural identities.
  • Hosanna Academy: A faith-based, social justice-oriented education organization targeted toward Black students, but open to all, that cultivate life-long learners by fostering a firm foundation in biblical principles, building on the strengths of each student, and equipping them to be critical thinkers and compassionate leaders for our diverse and complex world.
  • Curriculum modules that focus on the African American experience.
  • Faith and the Black education experience
  • Arts integration and Education

Stanton Agbotse is a recipient of the John Randolph and Dora Haynes $12,000 Fellowship in 2010 to support her research. She’s been recognized as a Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year during her early career as an elementary school teacher for the Long Beach School District. She’s taught 3rd grade, middle school students, and 9th grade English for College Bound. Teaching is her passion; as such her goal is to prepare teachers to service all children successfully.

She has worked as a literacy consultant, developing curriculum for various non-profit education programs such as Project GEAR UP, A Day in the Life, and LEARN. She has also presented multicultural workshops at various national conferences and schools.