Samara Success Program


Shannon Pugerude, M.Ed  

Trauma Sensitive Developmental Specialist/Teacher



Asked to describe herself, she would say “I am just Shannon” and those who know her tend to agree, she is one of a kind.  Shannon has a huge heart for all and believes in the Collaborative Problem Solving philosophy that “we all do well when we can” and if we can’t it’s because we have some unmet needs, things that we’re still learning and need some support.  Shannon knows we are full of diverse abilities and that we THRIVE when we have the opportunity to “soar with our strengths and manage our weaknesses” with compassionate supports.  Although she believes what has truly made her who she is today are the amazing opportunities she has had to raise two spunky youth and the gift of knowing and walking beside so many incredible youth and their families in her professional life.  Professionally, Shannon holds a Masters in Child Development and Early Childhood Special Education, she is a Licensed Special Education Teacher in Oregon ages birth -  Grade 8, Shannon has taught for 20 years, she was a founder of Wyldwoodz Resource Center, Oregon Family Support Network Regional Director and Certified Peer Support Specialist and Trainer.  She offers trainings on various topics, she is a Think: Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Certified Trainer, and is a Make Parenting a Pleasure Certified Trainer.