Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Macalester College
Dr. Megan Olivia Hall is an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL), experiential science education, teacher leadership, and college-level high school instruction for all learners. In her 22 years of teaching science, Megan has worked with students of many ages and levels, from kindergarten to graduate students. She serves as a lead teacher in the Crew program at OWL, developing curriculum and training colleagues in effective Crew pedagogies. She currently teaches secondary life sciences and agriculture at OWL, coaches LEGO League and FIRST Robotics Competition, and is the proud leader of the Narwhal Crew.
As the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, 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, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 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's four books include Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids: 50 STEAM Experiments You Can Eat! Megan is a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. She earned Ph.D. in education, specializing in learning, instruction and innovation, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She serves as part-time faculty at St. Catherine University and Mount Holyoke College.
Megan believes that students, like most human beings, do their best work when engaged in 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 family, her four cats, reading, and gardening.