Shawn Lawton, Vocal Music Teacher, is enjoying his 27th year teaching music and has spent the past twenty one years at Mona Shores High School where nearly 300 students sing in his four choirs every day. Shawn earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music from Western Michigan University. In 2000, he received the Mona Shores Education Foundation’s Teacher Excellence Award. In the fall of 2013, the Singing Christmas Tree Project he oversees received the Michigan Association of School Board’s Michigan’s Best Award. His ensembles have been selected for a number of prestigious honors in Michigan, including his choirs being selected to give performances at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and at the Michigan Music Conference on multiple occasions. He was also selected by his peers to conduct the Michigan Regional and State TTBB Honors Choir. In 2016, on behalf of Mona Shores, he accepted an award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, for being one of the best communities for music education. and one of the best communities for music education in MichiganHe is the former conductor of the Muskegon Community College choir as well. Shawn is married to Molly, the director and choreographer for the musicals at Mona Shores and they have three amazing children, Jonny age 21, Meghan age 18 and Jessica age 13 who also enjoy music, theater dance and art.