Megan Olivia Hall is an advocate for social and emotional learning, experiential science education, teacher leadership, and college-level high school instruction for all learners. In her 15 years of teaching science, Megan has worked with students of many ages and levels, from kindergarten to Advanced Placement. She serves as a lead teacher in the social and emotional learning and service learning programs at OWL, developing curriculum and training colleagues in effective homeroom pedagogies. She currently teaches secondary life sciences at OWL and is the proud leader of the Narwhal Crew.
As the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Megan has presented at many of Minnesota’s teacher education colleges and universities. Megan has led SEL master classes and delivered SEL keynotes at the local, state, and national levels, including the EL Education National Conference, Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teaching Education Congress, and Minnesota School Board Association. Her writing on deeper learning and project-based science has been featured in Education Week and The Science Teacher. Megan is a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow and leads the National SEL Fellowship, a collaboration between the NEA and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. She is currently pursing a Ph.D. in education as well as National Board certification.
Megan believes that students, like most human beings, do their best work when engaged in fun and meaningful challenges. When crafting curriculum, she looks to bring society’s big questions into school for kids to answer. Her classroom is a place of active, joyful investigation. See more at www.joyfulbiology.com.
In her leisure time, Megan spends time with her husband and two children, reading, knitting, and working in her garden.