I am so excited to be chosen as a Mom of the Month!
Howdy! My name is Shelby Dannels and I am a proud, born and raised Texan! I was actually born here in San Antonio, but my family moved to Lubbock, Texas when I was 4 years old. I loved growing up in Lubbock, but decided to go to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas upon graduating High School. Whoop! Best decision of my life, because that is where I met my husband, Jacob!
After completing my degree in Special Education, I started working as an Instructional Assistant in an Autism classroom in College Station. The following year, I got a job teaching Kindergarten in Navasota, just South of College Station. In December of that school year, Jacob graduated with his degree in Industrial Engineering and landed a position at Toyota Motor Manufacturing here in San Antonio. That March, we got engaged! I finished out the school year in Navasota and moved to San Antonio during the summer to plan a wedding and find a job. I joined the Steubing Elementary family where I taught 1st/2nd grade Special Education for a year and then Early Childhood Collaboration/Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities for two years.
A little over a year ago, we learned that we were expecting our first child! On July 9, 2017 we welcomed our son, Stetson Bear, into our little family. I am so grateful to now be able to have my dream job of being a full time mom and I am loving every minute of it!
I first heard about Fit4Mom when my cousin joined a branch in Bryan/College Station almost five years ago. I thought that the Stroller Strides class was a really awesome concept! At that point, I knew I wanted to find something similar whenever I started having kids (and I wasn’t even married yet!). Soon after Stetson was born, I started searching for a Stroller Strides group near me. I was so excited when I found the Fit4Mom grand opening events in Alamo Ranch and Helotes! I absolutely love being part of this Fit4Mom family! Not only do I get a great workout every time I go (by the way I was fitting back into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes at only 3 months post partum… YAY!), but I get to experience my journey through motherhood with a village of other amazing moms who are always there to support me!