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Megan Allen

  • Northampton, MA, US
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • English / Language Arts, English Language Learners | n/a
  • Teaching for 9 years

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“Continue with sass — some idea of flare. Continue with some passion and compassion — some humor and some are rainbows in the clouds.” Maya Angelou

I'm a learner, a dreamer, a creator, a writer. I'm an advocate who loves to get her edugeek on. I'm a collaborator, a reader, and a runner. This year, I'm pushing out of my comfort zone and working as a program developer and teacher educator at Mount Holyoke College.

Professional experience

My current job title: 

visiting instructor

I began this job in: 



Mount Holyoke College

City / town: 

South Hadley

State, province, or region: 



United States

My school would best be described as: 


Percentage of students at my school who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program: 


Years (including this school year) I have been a classroom teacher: 


Years (including this school year) I have worked in education: 


Other professional experience: 

I've worked as a teacherpreneur cultivating teacher leadership and teaching fifth grade, an Educator in Residence at the University of Central Florida, a special education teacher, a camp counselor (yeah, that counts!), as a consultant, and a speaker.

Name of my union or association: 

Other (please specify)

Professional organizations: 

Board of Directors for NBPTS, governance committee for National Network of State Teachers of the Year, Florida Education Association, AFT, NEA, Hillsborough County Teachers Association

Education and preparation

University or other program that initially prepared me to teach: 

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg

I was initially prepared to teach in this type of program: 

Graduate program

College/university degrees: 

MA in Elementary Education from University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, BA in Spanish and International Trade from Clemson University

State certifications, endorsements, or licenses: 

NBPTS middle childhood generalist, FL certificate in K-6 elementary education, K-5 special education, ESOL endorsement


What is your National Board Certification area?: 

Generalist - Middle Childhood

What year did you achieve certification?: 


What year did you renew?: 


Leadership roles I play or have played: 

Conference speaker or panelist
Instructor for a teacher prep program
Interviewee or panelist for the media
Mentor of new teachers
Afterschool summer activity coordinator
Teacher in residence or teacher on loan

State Teacher of the Year: 




Education interests and goals

One positive change I hope to see in our schools: 

That teachers have more flexibitlity to implement creative changes and programs as the experts of their classrooms, and students are able to learn, innovate, explore, and grow as a result of that teacher-led creativity.

What I’m learning about now: 

I'm learning how to be a more effective fifth grade teacher! I'm learning how to allow my students to have more control of what happens in their classroom and to have more control of their learning. I'm diving into the Teacher Leader Model Standards and thinking deeply about what at teacher leader is. I'm learing more about VAM and how those models can be explained (or not explained). I'm collaborating with others at my school to think about school climate and moral. I'm also beginning to explore the CCSS a little more deeply and apply some of that in my classroom.

My current leadership goal: 

Is to be a positive force that cultivates and inspires more teacher leaders to speak for our children. To be a ripple that creates a beautifully impactful series of waves.

I would be very interested in a hybrid role that allowed me to: 

I'm lucky to do it now! To speak and advocate out of the classroom as I'm walking the walk in the classroom. In the words of Miley Cyrus, to have "the best of both worlds" (did I just go there?).

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