Megan Dixon is currently a second grade teacher, fulfilling her passion by returning to the classroom after serving as the School District of Greenfield's Literacy Coordinator for three years. She is passionate about cultivating creativity, curiosity, and kindness in a diverse, urban setting. Her goal is to challenge students to fulfill their personal potential while using a variety of collaborative tools to investigate & inquire about interests and topics they are passionate about. At the time of her award, Megan was a Reading Specialist and eighth-grade Reading and Language Arts teacher focused on turning reluctant readers into enthusiastic high-achievers at Greenfield Middle School in Greenfield. Working with a diverse group of students, including English Language Learners (ELL) and students who were at-risk or new to the school, Dixon worked to motivate them all to read a variety of material, from poetry to non-fiction history. Dixon was instrumental in developing the two integrated reading and language arts block classes and worked with special education teachers to create effective reading interventions for striving readers, which resulted in at least two years' worth of academic growth. Dixon initiated and received funding for several after-school clubs, including a media club that earned a grant from the Greenfield Education Foundation (GEF). She created and developed a Collaborative Literacy Team to focus on school literacy issues and initiated a staff book club. An adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University, Dixon teaches courses in Theories of Literacy and Learning and as part of the new teacher induction program in Greenfield. She most recently contributed a chapter on Open Inquiries to the book Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles for Curiosity, Engagement, and Understanding (Stephanie Harvey and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, Published by Heinemann in 2015).
1998 Carroll College, B.A., Cardinal Stritch University, Masters in Reading and Learning Disabilities; Alverno College, Administrative Leadership