My name is Meghan Everette and I teach K–6 math in Salt Lake City, Utah, at three elementary schools.
I recently moved across the country to Utah from Alabama! I’ll be coaching K–6 math this year, working with students and teachers at Newman, Wasatch, and Highland Park Elementary Schools. I’ve taught first, third, and fourth grades over the last ten years in both inner-city and suburban environments. My current students come from every type of socio-economic background including two-doctor households, homeless shelters, the Ronald McDonald House, and the outskirts of truly urban living. One of my schools has an arts focus with 1:1 iPads, one is more traditional and a Title I school, and one is walking distance from my house!
I didn’t start out as an educator. I have a master’s in advertising and public relations, but I kept taking jobs that were school-related. Finally, realizing I loved writing curriculum and being in schools, I decided to teach. I started on my path to a master’s in elementary education and haven’t looked back. I sought out a job in an underprivileged school knowing that I could get an emergency certificate my first year of teaching. I found George Hall Elementary School and landed in third grade, where an amazing mentor was put in my classroom for three weeks (and again periodically throughout the year). Because of her and the general school culture, my jumping off point turned into a permanent landing place. That mentor was also present when I was named Alabama’s 2013 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Alternate State Teacher of the Year. I am a proud Influence Leader with ASCD and a National Fellow with Hope Street Group. I’m looking forward to more opportunities to take on leadership in our school and state.
I have a strong love of art and I strive to find different, engaging ways to use technology all the time. We record plays and perform them as puppet shows, write and edit mock newscasts from the past, and learn about geometry through paintings done by Wassily Kandinsky. As I place a premium on student reading, I lead elaborate themed units and proudly display a large, leveled classroom library. Math and science come alive through hands-on experiments. I also have extremely high expectations for discipline. We have fun, but we also know how to work hard!
In my non-teacher life, I’m a married mother of two active boys in third and fifth grades. I enjoy writing, painting, and dominating my fantasy football league. I am enjoying exploring the five national parks around our new home, however, you can take the girl out of 'Bama, but you can’t take the 'Bama out of the girl! Roll Tide, ya’ll!
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