Growing up on the East Side of Oahu gave Megan an opportunity to be raised in a very rural and ocean orientated lifestyle. Upon return to Hawaii after college, with a degree in Early Childhood Education in her pocket, she had the good fortune to return to Waimanalo, the town she grew up in and loved. Here Megan began her career in teaching on Native Hawaiian Homestead lands as a Headstart Preschool Teacher. After watching 6 preschool classes transition to kindergarten with Hawaii Department of Education, she too had an opportunity to grow and took my next job with Hawaii DOE as a Special Education Preschool Teacher. During this extremely challenging yet fulfilling 8 years with the DOE, she had a continued interest in children’s transition to kindergarten and pursued her Masters in Education. Meganʻs area of study continued to focus on what steps help make this often big leap from Preschool to Kindergarten successful. After 15 combined years of teaching on Native Hawaiian Homestead lands, Megan and her family moved to Kalaheo, Kauai. While living upcounrty isn’t the ocean town she was used to, they are very happy here and don’t mind the goats, sheep and of course chicken as our their neighbors. Her daughter Moana is on her third year as an Island school student and Megan is currently part of the Pre-k team of 4 at Island School’s Na Pua Keiki program. Megan is deeply humbled to bring her past experiences to teaching today, while staying teachable in the everyday gifts of being a child’s first teacher. (besides their parents, of course) she continues to stay focused on helping prepare our students for the transition from Preschool to Kindergarten and is grateful for this opportunity to be with the children of Kauai.
M.Ed University of Hawaii at Manoa
BA The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA