British Virgin Islands Director
Curiosity has been a driving force in Megan’s life, and nature served as her first classroom. She had an exploratory childhood along California’s Pacific Coast and in the Sierra Nevadas, where she camped and skied with her family. Her imagination led her to create characters for short stories, examine new flora and fauna to add to her collection of dioramas, and read voraciously—notably National Geographic magazines. It wasn’t until she began teaching that she realized the importance of inquiry and discovery in education, and she built her teaching philosophy around holistic and experiential learning that would nurture life skills and instill global values in students.
After teaching English in public high school for four years and completing her graduate work at Pepperdine University, she felt the relentless urge to explore this spectacular planet, and began teaching in international education. This life-changing journey took her on adventures across dozens of countries, while having the opportunity to live in France, Indonesia, Lebanon and Argentina over the past 13 years. A few of her most unforgettable moments include bungeeing off a bridge in New Zealand, hang gliding over Brazil’s gleaming coastline, whitewater rafting down the Nile, trekking Indonesia’s vast jungles and volcanoes, and rappelling into Vietnam’s labyrinth of ancient caverns.
Megan recognizes the importance of adapting to foreign surroundings, learning with an open mind about cultures different from her own, and understanding how to travel as a local, while embracing the challenges and fulfillment of living life abroad. Working with teenagers to help guide them on their own journeys is an experience that she truly values and she can’t imagine a better job than combining two of her favorite things: education and travel. During the pandemic, she virtually connected with other educators and teenagers around the world by launching a weekly global discussion forum about topics ranging from cultural celebrations, political strife, economic crisis, top travel destinations and boosting student morale.
Megan is extremely excited to return to the BVI for a second summer with VISIONS. She resides with her partner in the Patagonian region of Argentina, where she teaches English and math, explores the hiking trails of the Andes mountains, practices her Argentinian Spanish with her running team, and surfs the southernmost beaches in the world.
One of Megan’s favorite quotes: “I think about the hands I have held, the places I’ve seen, the vast lands whose dirt is caked on the bottom of my shoes. The world has changed me.” -Amelia Earhart
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