Martina Shannon of Saint John graduated from New Brunswick Teachers' College and University of New Brunswick's Arts and Education. She retired as Department Head of English at St. Vincent's High School. During her Saint John teaching career, she was a co-operating teacher for many University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University students and a mentor to many others. Her involvement with the preparation and assessment of Provincial Achievement evaluations spanned more than a decade. As a Member of the St. Joseph's Advisory Board from 2000 to 2010, Martina was its representative on the Ethics Committee. Retirement has afforded her time for more involvement in church, community, extensive travel and Maritime tourism. She is a member of New Brunswick Retired Teachers' Association, Saint John Retired Teachers, St. Vincent's Alumnae Association, Probus and others.