Shawn Prokopec– Managing Director, IRL
Shawn joined Total Education Solutions in March of 2019 as the Managing Director for the Institute for the Redesign of Learning. Shawn was born and raised in Minnesota, but earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Shawn’s career has been focused on serving children and families with 23 years in the social services arena, one-year teaching in a Non-Public School, and four years conducting research at UCLA.
Shawn brings a wealth of experience from the child welfare field as she spent 20 years of her career at Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, the largest child welfare agency in the United States. Shawn began as a bilingual Children’s Social Worker ensuring children received the appropriate educational, mental health, and supportive services while living free from abuse and neglect. As an Administrator, Shawn’s commitment to improving child welfare and the services provided to children and families led to numerous collaborative partnerships with governmental social service agencies, numerous community and faith-based agencies, school districts, and law enforcement. Shawn also held the Regional Programs Director position at Olive Crest with oversight of ten programs providing prevention and intervention services to children, young adults, and families.
Shawn’s commitment to children and families, collaborative spirit, along with her program administration and leadership skills, will be a guiding force as IRL continues to empower individuals to be competent, caring, and contributing members of society. Shawn is eager to support the amazing work of the IRL team and lead the agency towards continued growth.