Meet the Teacher

Ms. Gustaveson



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Gustaveson

Degrees and Certificates:


Single Subject Teaching Credential: English

California State University, Sacramento


Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum Certificate

California State University, Sacramento


Bachelor of Arts: English

California State University, Sacramento


TESOL Certificate

California State University, Sacramento


Associate of Arts: English 

Sacramento City College


Hello and welcome to 8th grade English and Language Arts! 

My name is Shawnie Elizabeth Gustaveson. I am a first-year teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High School and I am excited to join the Tiger TEAM. I expect to learn with my scholars to create memorable experiences as they complete their last year before the transition to High School. My class will focus on critical thinking and metacognitive skills as scholars analyze and understand a full array of novels, stories, plays, and poems from multiple cultures and time periods. 

My creative writing elective class is based on scholars reading and composing creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry that speaks to a vast amount of people and our own scholars. Based on detailed writing, character arcs, creative dialogue, and meaningful themes, creative writing helps foster a growth mindset and aids scholars in developing their writing and organizational skills. Stepping away from structured, five-paragraph essays, scholars will be able to express their creative side as they share their powerful experiences and voices through their stories. 


In my spare time, I enjoy reading True Crime novels, baking, and kayaking at Lake Tahoe.

Fun facts: I worked at a bakery throughout college and I played five instruments throughout my life (so far).


Please reach me through my email for any questions or concerns:


Remind Codes:

Period 1: Text 81010 to @b797dc

Period 2: Text 81010 to @kcfcbe

Period 3: Text 81010 to @2hahe48

Period 4: Text 81010 to @667dfg

Period 6: Text 81010 to @h7f4ee

Photography Club: Text 81010 to @mlkjphoto