Area of expertise
Kindergarten and Early Childhood
Greetings from sunny San Diego, California! My name is Megan Power and this is my tenth year of teaching. I just completed my fourth year of teaching full-day kindergarten at Del Sur Elementary in the Poway Unified School District.
Greetings from sunny San Diego, California! My name is Megan Power and this is my eighth year of teaching. I just completed my second year of teaching full-day kindergarten at Del Sur Elementary in the Poway Unified School District.
As a National Writing Project teacher, I have done extensive training in writer's workshop and integrating technology in my classroom and curriculum. I am honored to have won several awards and grants including Time Warner Cable's National Teacher of the Year for 2008-2009, honorable mention for San Diego's Classrooms of the Future 2008-2009, and San Diego County Primary Mathematics Teacher of the Year 2007-2008. My students have also won the San Diego 2007-2008 iVIE (Innovative Videos in Education) award for their USA symbols and landmarks movie and my 2008-2009 class was nominated for a 2008-2009 iVIE for our public service announcement for the San Diego Food Drive called Even Kindergarteners Can Make a Difference.
I am very fortunate to be teaching at Del Sur Elementary. Before the school opened last year, I was one of the teachers who was involved with decision-making process to create the school vision, mission, and culture. Our school is currently has about 200 students — with room to grow to 800 students. As a new school, the district ensured that our rooms would have the most up-to-date technologies for teaching and learning. My classroom has an interactive Promethean Activboard, Activotes (small answer voting devices), an Activslate, 5 desktop computers, a docucam, an amplified microphone system, and a mounted LCD projector. This year I will pilot a one-to-one laptop program where all of my kindergarten students have small Dell laptops that they will bring back and forth from school to home.
One of my goals as a teacher is to inspire my students with realistic and purposeful work where they can use technology to problem solve and make a difference in their world. I believe that even young kindergarten students can use technology, such as video, to share their unique voices as well as use technology to learn about their world.
I feel that my experience teaching different grades has added another dimension that assists me in adjusting and differentiating my teaching to meet my students' needs and levels. I am constantly observing, assessing, and meeting with students individually or in small groups to help move them to their next level. I believe this creates opportunities for all of my students to be successful and to take ownership and responsibility for their learning. I hope that my students will remember that they are responsible and important members of our world who can make a difference.