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About Mrs. Hess

Megan Hess is one of three Language Arts teachers in grades 7 & 8 at Merton Intermediate School. 
The 2016-2017 school year marks Megan's 3rd year in the Merton School District and her 6th year as an educator. Before coming to Merton, she was employed by Oconomowoc Area School District where she taught 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies for 3 years. 

Megan is a 2011 graduate of UW-Whitewater where she majored in Elementary Education (grades 1-8) and minored in English.

Megan's current licenses are:
  • Elementary Education (1-8)
  • English (1-8)
In addition to these licenses, she also holds the following certifications:
  • Google Educator, Level 1

In the last 5 years, Megan has completed the following professional development:
  • Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference - 2016
  • Teach Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess - 2015
  • Google Educator Level 1 Training & Exam - 2015
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Class through Mustang University - 2015
  • Technology Boot Camp through OASD - 2014
  • Writer's Workshop Institute (Teacher's College, Columbia University) - 2013
  • Workshop in the Content Areas mini Institute (Teacher's College, Columbia University) - 2012
  • TIES Education Technology Conference (Minneapolis, MN) - 2011 
  • Reader's Workshop Institute (Teacher's College, Columbia University) - 2011

Megan grew up in the Hartland area, attending school at North Lake Elementary for
Kindergarten through 8th grade. She is an Arrowhead High School graduate of 2006, where she competed on the Cross Country, Basketball, and Track & Field teams. As she continued her education at UW-Whitewater, she also continued her track career, competing for 3 years as a sprinter and high jumper. 

Megan has been married to her husband, Trevor, since July of 2014. In her time away from school, Megan enjoys hanging out with her family every chance she gets. She also enjoys watching Packer games, reading, running, biking, golfing, and playing with her dog, Samson. 

Megan's Philosophy Statement:

    Think back to your days in school as a child. Who do you remember? I remember the teachers who cared about me, the ones who made learning fun, the ones who took extra time to help me understand difficult concepts, the ones who always believed in me, and the ones who really knew me and understood my interests. Those were the teachers that made me want to follow in their footsteps. They are the reason that I wanted to become a teacher myself. 
     Teaching isn't about standing in front of a class lecturing on various topics, creating assessments, or grading papers. It is about building a community where students treat each other with respect, show compassion for one another, and talk openly about difficult topics. It's about building relationships, sharing stories, and developing trust. It is about helping students to gain a strong passion, excitement, and love for learning... about teaching them to take responsibility for their education, and developing the skills necessary to function in the 21st century. It's about teaching students to push themselves to go above and beyond what they ever thought they could do, about helping them to understand their potential, and pushing them to always do their best. It's about creating engaging learning experiences that students will remember for a lifetime. This is the kind of teacher I want to be. This is the kind of teacher that I will always strive to be. 

Lil' Simile and DJ Irony introduce the Poetry Unit

"You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
-Dr. Seuss