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 in the fall of 2019. And through all of the unusual challenges of last year, working with 10th graders at BHS continues to be a highlight of my life. I feel immensely grateful to be back for my second year.
My Summer Reading
As you can probably guess, I love to read! My favorite reading nook is in a little chair hammock on our front porch. From this spot I can immerse myself in a story while also smelling the flowers growing nearby, watching the hummingbirds fight over the feeder and listening to the buzz of pollinating insects. I usually read a little bit of everything! And this summer was no different, except that I focused particularly on books that would help me learn more about racial equity. 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:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; The Book of Longing by Sue Monk Kidd; I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Gille Segal; To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger; Beloved by Toni Morrison; Mending Life by Nina and Sonay Montenegro; Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Norse Mythology by Niel Gaiman; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; Becoming by Michelle Obama; Mink River by Brian Doyle.
I'm currently reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.