I firmly believe that education is power. To me, the way to eradicate the problems of the world is through learning. It’s a belief that drives me to learn more about the world around me and to share knowledge with students and fellow educators. The desire to learn is what gets me out of bed, and to instill that desire in others is why I teach.
I’m Meghan Everette and I am a teacher on special assignment in the Salt Lake City School District. In our minority-majority district of over 35,000 diverse learners, I support K–6 math instruction by working with teachers and students. Previously, I taught first, third, and fourth grades in Alabama working in both the National Turn Around Model School during the process of transformation, and in a 1:1 Title I school dedicated to technology and community.
I didn’t start out as an educator. I have a master’s in advertising and public relations, but realized I loved writing curriculum and being in schools too much to deny being an educator. Due to incredible luck, training, and support from mentors I was named Alabama’s 2013 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Alternate State Teacher of the Year. I was an Emerging Leader and Influence Leader with ASCD and co-creator of the monthly #EdAdvBecause chat aimed at supporting education advocacy leaders. During my time as a National Teacher Fellow with Hope Street Group, I helped drive our research project on teacher preparation programs in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education. Currently, I’m working with a Teach to Lead team to develop education advocacy modules that can help grow and reinforce effective education advocates.
In my classroom and personal life, I have a love of fine arts and strive to incorporate them throughout my work. In my classroom, we record plays and perform them as puppet shows, write and edit mock newscasts from the past, and learn about geometry through paintings. I place a premium on student reading. I lead elaborately 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 young boys in fourth and sixth grades and one spoiled rescue dog. I enjoy crafting, painting, college football, and watching endless youth soccer and baseball games. Having only lived in Utah a year, we are still adjusting to snow, but love hiking, skiing, and all that the national parks have to offer, yet we are still Alabama fans at heart. Roll Tide, y’all!
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