PortfolioGen Profile for Megan (Portfoliogen)

  • PortfolioGen Member Since 2011

       I am so excited to be working with children and really making a difference in their lives. Being a teacher is who I am and what I have always wanted to be.

      My teaching methodologies main objective is to inspire learning of content as well as developing the skills necessary for students to explore content and draw intelligent conclusions independently. I am committed to inspiring this critical exploration through stimulating teamwork amongst peers, being aware of different learning styles, teaching across subject boundaries, providing individualized accommodations, involving students in goal setting where appropriate, and being able to recognize and seize the moment when teachable moments occur.  All of these approaches can be fostered through creative lesson planning

Work Experience
  • Elementary Teacher (K-6)
    Sep 2010 - Present
    Woodside Elementary School
    River Vale, NJ

    • Earned high marks for the quality and creativity of classroom teaching, lesson plans and instructional materials used in teaching diverse subjects (e.g., language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and history).
    • Developed innovative approaches that were repeatedly held up as the model standard for meeting district goals in areas including technology integration across the curriculum, experiential learning, literacy and diversity.
    • Taught general education students as well as individuals with learning challenges and special needs within a mainstreamed, inclusive classroom.
    • Consistently commended for ability to redirect students exhibiting behavior problems by replacing disruptive, unproductive patterns with positive behaviors. As a result, selected to lead district-wide in-service on classroom management.
    • Actively served on a variety of school committees and task forces focused on curriculum development, textbook review, fundraising and anti-bullying efforts.
    • Established positive relationships with students, parents, fellow teachers and school administrators/staff.

Education
  • University of Arizona
    Sep 1999 - Aug 2003
    Degree: BA
    Major: Economics
    Minor: Psychology
    GPA: 3.75
  • Stanford University
    Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
    Degree: Master in Teaching
    GPA: 3.95
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
    Sep 2019 - Present
    Degree: BA
    Major: Sociology
    GPA: 3.9
My Certifications
  • Special Education
    New Jersey
  • Elementary K-8
    New Jersey
  • Guidance Counselor

    I was certified as a guidance counselor in New Jersey
    New Jersey
    (Feb 2014)
Co-Curriculum Subjects
  • Band
  • Soccer
  • Softball
Things I Love

Below are some of my interests along with hobbies I enjoy.

  • Computer Science
  • Creative & Performance
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Photo & Video
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Travel
Athletics

Some sports that I like to play.

  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
    I played soccer in high schol
    Jan 2007 - May 2011
  • Softball
    I played softball all through high school
    Jan 2007 - May 2011
My Awards
  • Teacher of the Year

    Oct 2019

    Awarded by the town of Rivervale

  • Teacher of the Month

    May 2016

    Recognized as Teacher of the Month by the students and faculty of Woodside Elementary School

Places I Have Been

I've traveled throughout Japan and would love to visit again sometime very soon !!!

  • Kyoto
    (A)

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

    This is my favorite city

  • Mount Fuji
    (B)

    Mount Fuji, Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0112, Japan

  • Narita International Airport
    (C)

    1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 282-0004, Japan

  • Tokyo
    (D)

    Tokyo, Japan

Skills
Professional Skills
  • Creative Lesson Planning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Classroom Management & Discipline
  • Experiential Learning
Book List
Books I Like

Here are some books that I enjoy

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Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice
Author(s): Anita A. Wager,David W. Stinson
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The Smartest Kids in the World
Author(s): Amanda Ripley
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What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (Revised and Updated)
Author(s): E. D. Jr Hirsch
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Goals
Personal Goals
  • To learn to play piano
Professional Goals
  • To become a better teacher