TeamMates of the Month: Shaye & Anne

In It for the Long Haul

High school junior Shaye will start The Career Academy this fall. 

Through TCA Shay can determine if she wants to follow through with her dream of becoming a veterinarian. The agriculture and bioscience pathway will give her a jumpstart on the journey and prepare for veterinary school if she chooses.

“I love being around animals,” Shaye said. “I just feel like I have this connection with them.”

Animals aren’t the only connection Shaye has discovered throughout her academic career. Nearly four years ago, she was introduced to her TeamMates mentor Anne. 

“Right when I saw her I felt like I already had this connection, like ‘I feel like this is going to be a good TeamMate,’” Shaye added. “She looked like a bright, energetic person and that’s how I am.” 

Shaye had been paired previously with a TeamMate who had to move. 

“I remember Ms. Yost at Dawes telling me Shaye’s former TeamMate just kinda left,” Anne said. “I wanted to make sure right away she knew that I wasn't going anywhere and that I was in it for the long haul.”

Anne and Shaye have various shared interests. For example, they both love animals. Shaye loves hearing updates on Anne’s two rescued Yorkie mixes. 

I love being around animals,” Shaye said. “I just feel like I have this connection with them.”

The mentoring pair also both come from families with four siblings.


“We’re both from pretty big families so we can commiserate in how you can get kind of lost in that sometimes,” Anne said.

Both agree they spend the majority of their time just having fun, talking about life updates and doing arts and crafts. 

“I’d say we’re probably 85 percent fun talk and 15 percent serious talk. I think we both know that we can talk seriously any time we want though,” Anne said.

Shaye said talking with Anne has definitely helped her realize her personal strengths and appreciates the opportunity to have a creative outlet, especially during semesters where she does not have an art class.

Published: September 1, 2022, Updated: September 1, 2022

Shaye and Anne are September's TeamMates of the Month.