Shannon was born and raised in Medford, OR. Here her parents have owned a commercial janitorial business since the early 1980’s. Because of her parents night-time schedule, she and her brothers were home-schooled until she was in 4th grade. At this time, her mother shifted her career to teaching for a few years.

Until she was 11 years-old, her family moved often; five times in five years. They finally settled on a six acre farm and have remained since. They raised sheep among other farm animals, and Shannon was active in 4-H with them during her middle school years. Each member of her family was active in athletics and participated in several sports each year. Shannon participated and lettered in soccer, basketball, and track & field. She also enjoyed skiing and volleyball growing up.