Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts English /Pacific Lutheran University Masters in Teaching English Education /Western Governors University
Megan Carson (she, her)
Teaching and Life Experience
I moved to Bainbridge Island way back in 1994, and my husband and I soon began the project of building our home--a project we've mostly finished. Our three daughters attended Wilkes (as did my husband!), Sakai, Woodward and BHS, so as you can imagine I've spent a lot of time in Bainbridge Schools.
After becoming a Master Gardener and years of owning a small gardening business on Bainbridge Island, I began work at IslandWood as a Garden Educator. Even though the title 'Master Gardener' sounds important, it really just means that I know enough about our natural world to know how much I don't know and still want to learn! At IslandWood I taught 4-6 graders in the Garden Classroom and I also mentored and worked alongside graduate students. Working together we developed and taught lessons in biology, ethnobotany (yes, that's actually a 'thing'!), math, local history, systems, honey bees, cooking, writing and art.
After five years at IslandWood, I realized it was time for me to continue my own education, and pursue my goal of becoming a high school teacher. In 2018, right before our youngest daughter graduated from BHS, I went back to school and earned a MA in Teaching English. I was thrilled to be hired as an English Teacher at BHS in the fall of 2019. And through all of the unusual challenges of the last three years, working with high school students continues to be a highlight of my life. I feel immensely grateful to be back for my fourth year.
My Summer Reading
As you can probably guess, I love to read! I usually read a little bit of everything and this summer was no different, except that I focused particularly on books that students have recommended to me! Reading both fiction and non-fiction is one of the best ways to build our understanding of others and I hope you will discover some new books and new ideas as we work together this year. Here is what I've been reading:
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel; Everything Sad is Untrue (A True Story) by Daniel Nayari; The Immortalists by Benjamin Chloe; The Candy House by Jennifer Egan; Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher; A Court of Thorns and Roses (series) by Sarah J. Maas Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown; Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison; Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. If you are still reading, please see me in class (quietly and covertly) for a special treat: Code Word Hummingbird :).
I'm currently reading Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin and Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard.