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 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 (now known as x̌alilc [Halilts]), Sakai, Woodward and BHS, so as you can imagine, I've spent a lot of time at 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 few years, working with high school students continues to be a highlight of my life. I feel immensely grateful to be back for my fifth year at BHS.
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 recommended to me! I also listened to a LOT of podcasts while I worked in my garden :). 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: To Sleep In A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini; Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher; Bridgerton: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn; Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown; Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison. I'm currently reading Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver and listening to the audio of Surrender: 40 songs One Story by Bono (of U2)