Meghan Dolan, 2018 Fellow
Third Grade Teacher
John M. Palmer Elementary School | Chicago, IL
Meghan believes the positive relationships she builds with her students are vital to her teaching success. Her teaching intentionally includes activities that allow her to interact with every student so that she may learn as much as possible about their progress and needs. In her classroom, Meghan emphasizes the importance of character-building, giving back to communities, kindness and problem-solving. She strives to help her students become positive role models. She is known in the school community for being inclusive of students of all abilities and she currently co-teaches with a special educator in reading and math. Helping her students set and achieve personal goals, as well as the importance of hard work, are central elements of her teaching philosophy. Creativity is evident in all of Meghan’s instruction, including the elaborate themes she creates for her classroom each year. Student success is the ultimate goal for Meghan. If her students aren’t succeeding, then she believes she is not succeeding as a teacher. As a result of her achievement in the classroom, Meghan earned accolades including a nomination for Teacher of the Year (at the district level in Iowa) and Gold Star Teacher of the Year and she’s been the recipient of three grants.
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