Megan Olivia Hall, NBCT

Science & Agriculture Teacher, Open World Learning Community

2013-2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Professional Approach

 

My teaching style is humanistic.  Student choice, whole-child education, prioritization of emotional well-being — in other words, considering the full human dignity of every student — awakens students' natural curiosity and love of learning.  Everyone, under all our differences, is a human being who deserves a fair and honest chance at a good life. As a teacher, I believe that it is my honor-bound duty to remove any obstacles to that fair chance that I possibly can.

Licences

 

5-8 General Science

9-12 Life Science

9-12 Chemistry

5-12 Agricultural Education

Work Experience

 

Science Teacher & Department Chair

Open World Learning Community, St. Paul Public Schools

2006-Present

 

• 6th grade Physical Science, 7th grade Life Science, 8th grade Earth Science, 9th grade Physical Science, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Biology

• Advanced Placement program coordinator

• Service learning program coordinator

• All-school event organizer: graduation ceremonies, school dances, grants, fundraisers

• Teacher-leader in character education and curriculum development

 

 

Science Teacher

Creative Arts High School, St. Paul Area Learning Center (ALC)

2003-2006

 

• 9th grade Physical Science, Astronomy, Cosmology, Forensics, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Biology, Pre-Algebra, Genetics & Literature

• Created a collection of arts-based science lesson plans, including grant-winning art chemistry activities

• Introduced, coordinated, and taught in St. Paul Area Learning Center’s first Advanced Placement program

• Conceptualized and conducted all-school Earth Day celebrations

• Developed partnerships through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources School Forest Program

 
Science Specialist

St. Paul Open School, St. Paul Public Schools

​2002-2003

 

• Designed and taught upper elementary classes in aquatics, entomology, and architecture

• Managed and implemented K-6 science classes in landforms, electricity, plants, and animals

Education
Walden University

Doctoral Candidate in Education: Learning, Instruction, and Innovation

2014 - Present

 

St. Catherine University
M.A.Ed. in Science Education

​2001 - 2003

 

Macalester College
B.A. in Biology, Music, and Pre-Medical Studies, Summa cum laude

​1996 - 2000

 

Teacher Leadership
Presentations
  • “Using continuous improvement 
to support all Students in Crew: How one EL Education School used inquiry cycles to serve historically underserved learners.”  November 2018. EL Education National Conference.  Philadelphia, PA. In collaboration with Meg Riordan, Allison Lee, and Nora Krings.

  • “Biology Case Study Discussions.” November 2017.  Minnesota Science Teachers’ Association Conference (MnCOSE).  St Cloud, MN.

  • "Applying Social and Emotional Learning in Classroom Practice." October 2016. Pearson Conference on Teaching. Chicago, IL.
  • "Social and Emotional Learning: From Theory to Practice." July 2016. National Network of State Teachers of the Year 2016 Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • “Building Coalitions Breakout Session: How a group of diverse actors came together to advance a bill asking the Minnesota legislature to give district teachers money to help start new teacher-powered schools.”  November 2015.  Teacher Powered Schools National Conference. Minneapolis, MN.  In collaboration with Lynn Nordgren, Joe Nathan, and Curtis Johnson.
  • "Crew: Community at the Heart of a School." October 2014. EL Education National Conference.  Boston, MA. In collaboration with Tim Leone-Getten.
  • “Character Education: Closing and Bridging the Achievement Gap.” Winter 2013-2014. Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teaching Education Congress, Minnesota School Board Association Annual Conference, American Association of University Women Minneapolis.
  • “Liberty and Justice for All.” Fall 2013. Special event for pre-service teachers. Saint Mary’s University, College of Saint Scholastica, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Gustavus Adolphus College, Metro State University, St. Catherine University. 
  • "Building relationships between parents and teachers." September 2013.  TEDxBurnsvilleED.  Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kin2OdchKMQ
  • “Immune Cells Brought to Life.” 2012. The Minnesota Conference on Science Education. Duluth, MN.
  • “Custom Planning for Crews that Cruise.” 2011. The National Expeditionary Learning Schools Conference. Portland, OR. In collaboration with Tom Totushek.
  • “Analyzing the New Minnesota State Science Standards: National to Local Perspectives.” In collaboration with Liesl Chatman and Randee Edmundson. 2005. The Minnesota Science Teachers Association, North Dakota Science Teachers Association, North Dakota Geographic Alliance and Coalition for Conservation and Environmental Education Spring Conference. Moorhead, MN.

 

 

Professional Development for Educators
  • Certified National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) Host. Course I: Adult Learning & Leadership.  2018-Present.

  • Fellow. Leading Educator Ambassadors for Equity for the Education Civil Rights Alliance.  September 2018-Present.

  • Facilitator. Teaching Partners Live Workshops in Social and Emotional Learning. March 2018 –Present.

  • Action Research Coach.  St. Catherine University.  May 2018-Present.

  • Cooperating Teacher for Student Teaching.  University of Minnesota and Augsburg University. Spring 2015, Spring 2018, and Spring 2019.

  • Cooperating Teacher for Field Experience. Metro State University and Augsburg University. Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2017, and Fall 2018.

  • Facilitator. National Social and Emotional Learning Fellowship for the National Education Association and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. February 2017–January 2018.  More information at http://www.nnstoy.org/fellowship-social-emotional-learning-sel/

  • Social and Emotional Learning Mentor. Mount Holyoke College Master’s in Education Program. Spring 2017.

 
Publications
 
Professional Association Memberships
  • National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY)

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

  • Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (Local 28)

  • Education Minnesota

  • National Education Association (NEA)

  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

  • Minnesota Science Teachers’ Association

  • National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA)

  • Phi Beta Kappa Society

 
Awards, Community Collaborations, & Other Recognitions
  • Donors Choose Grant: Illuminating Food Webs (2018)

  • National Park Service Greenhouse Grant (2017)

  • Science Outside Grant for Life Science Field Work (2015)

  • NEA California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence (2015)

  • Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure Fellow, Wilderness Inquiry (2014)

  • Minnesota State Teacher of the Year (2013)

  • Parks Climate Change Service Project Grant (2012)

  • Saint Paul Public Schools Service Learning Mini-Grant (2011)

  • Donors Choose Grant: Checkmate: Build Skills for Success with Chess (2009)

  • 3M Ingenuity Grant for Thematic Middle School Science Program (2007)

  • Fund for Teachers Grant for Marine Ecology in the Florida Keys (2006)

  • Ecolab Visions for Learning Grant for Art-Based Chemistry (2005)

  • 3M Ingenuity Grant for Enhancing Elementary Science (2003)

 

 

In the News

2010 - present

2010 - present

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