Megan came to Maine to attend College of the Atlantic and seeking a closer connection with the natural world. While at COA she became involved with the whale and seabird world, and during college lived and worked out at Mt. Desert Rock, studying finback and humpback whales. Her interest in whales has continued through her involvement with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Megan’s post-graduate years included working as a field biologist and naturalist in a variety of environments.
After completing her Masters in Teaching, Megan accepted a position at Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor, teaching all aspects of both physical and life science to 7th and 8th graders. Then moved into the role of gifted and talented teacher at MDI high school in 2013. While at MDI she coordinated student internships at Jackson Lab and MDI Bio Lab, as well as started a robotics team and a computer science program.
In recognition of her exceptional work as a teacher and mentor, Megan was the 2018 recipient of the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club’s Golden Apple award. She is described by her colleagues as a life-long learner, whose curiosity inspires students and whose tireless energy has enabled her to make important contributions to every team she has been a part of.
“The journey matters, as does the destination: I approach all teaching with both ultimate and daily goals. What do I want the student to know and to be able to do as a result of this class? What do we do today that incorporates authentic learning, joy, encourages risk, grows expertise, and leaves the student wanting more? The journey of learning: the day-to-day of classes, field trips, experiences is where the learning happens. Sometimes things go according to plan, but I’m always ready for the unexpected, and to switch things up as needed. With natural history as a subject, there is never a shortage of phenomena to study and species to learn about. The subject is nothing short of life itself; with a never-ending supply of questions leading us into a deeper relationship with the natural world.”
Megan received her BA in Human Ecology (Marine Science focus) from College of the Atlantic and earned a Master of Science in Teaching from the University of Maine.