Shayle’s passion for helping children and their families began early in her life. At Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she earned her BA in Psychology, she helped develop an anger management group for Native American youth at a nearby residential school, and she volunteered her time tutoring children at a local homeless shelter and answering crisis calls for a domestic violence shelter.
After finishing college Shayle spent several years traveling and teaching abroad in China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. She values this time in her life for the cross-cultural experiences and growth it provided her.
Upon returning to the United States, she entered graduate school as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to study Literature. In her studies she read and wrote about cross-cultural violence against women and children, but eventually she felt called to become involved more directly in helping families affected by violence.