Author Shelly Boyum-Breen will be coming to visit with Birch Grove students on November 30, 2017.    

Children’s book author, Shelly Boyum-Breen is a native of Brainerd, MN, where she grew up with aspirations of playing professional sports.  She spent countless hours on the basketball court, neighborhood hockey rinks and local golf courses. Boyum-Breen received her B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1997 and her MS in Leadership from Capella University in 2016. She spent five years in the education field, coaching college and high school basketball and tennis.  Boyum-Breen then pursued a job with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization.  Shelly served with the organization for four years and later moved into a sales consulting role serving the Lynx, the New York Liberty and the 10th Anniversary WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.

Before writing the Shelly Bean series, Boyum-Breen was the Founder and past-President of Foundation IX and the Let Me Play grants supporting Minnesota girls’ participation in sports and fitness.  “Sports helped pave my path in life, building my character as well as my leadership skills along the way.  No young lady should be prevented from experiencing these things because of her family’s financial situation.  It is my dream to eliminate cost as an obstacle and give girls and boys a strong female role model.  With Shelly Bean books and Let Me Play grants, we can do just that! It is an honor to work for girls in sports; and to continue the work that many have done long before me.”

Shelly Boyum-Breen resides in Plymouth, MN.

School Info

Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts
4690 Brookdale Drive
Brooklyn Park MN  55443

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School Office
763-561-1374, ext. 1

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Jeff Zastrow

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Keisha Davis