Shawngela Pierce was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and soon after graduation, left to study at Purdue University in Indiana. Shawngela graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Purdue in 1996. While in college, Shawngela joined the Army Reserve, where she served honorably for 16-years, for a short period as a parachute rigger and then as a paralegal.
After graduating Purdue, Shawngela worked as a Forensic Scientist in the DNA division of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (Ohio BCI). After leaving BCI, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in an Educational field from Old Dominion University. She knew that teaching was her true passion as she had taught as an undergraduate and also at Ohio BCI. In 2003, she earned an MS in an educational field that allowed her to teach Human Anatomy and Physiology at the college-level, which she taught for over 6-years. In 2006, Shawngela started attending the Southwest College of Naturopathic M