Megan McCarthy

In 1999, I moved to Onekama with my husband, Dennis (OHS Class of 1992) and began teaching middle school English. I enjoy teaching middle school immensely, because the students’ energy and enthusiasm keeps me motivated and looking forward to each new day.

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 with a B.A. in English, and then attended graduate school at the University of New Orleans to complete my certification requirements for teaching. In 2001, I received my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University.

Prior to teaching at Onekama School, I was a second grade teacher in New York City and a third and fourth grade language arts teacher in New Orleans. I was also the program director of an after school arts education program at two New Orleans public schools.

Literature and writing have always played an important role in my life. It is exciting for me to get the opportunity to share this with my students each day, as we grow together in our appreciation of literature and challenge ourselves to develop as writers and thinkers.

Perhaps the best way for me to describe my goals as an educator is to quote Naomi Nye, from her poem "Valentine for Earnest Mann:"

I'll tell you a secret...
poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes
they are sleeping. They are the shadows
drifting across our ceiling the moment
before we wake up. What we have to do
is live in a way that lets us find them.

This is what I view as the aim of a teacher: to provide students with opportunities which will help them to discover the secrets hiding under their shoe soles and around corners -- and hiding in poetry, in experiences, and in their own souls. Education is a discovery of life and of possibility. Teaching is a chance to open these possibilities for others.