Megan France

Getting to Know: Ms. Megan France

This fall, we continue to interview a few of our new faculty, as we welcome them to the Saint Mark’s community. Today, we feature Megan France, our new science teacher. Megan grew up in Tujunga with her my mom, 2 younger brothers, and Italian grandparents. She says “It was a house full of love, good food, and noisy fun!”

Ms. France shares that the community is what drew her to Saint Mark’s. “It is a place where there is much support and positivity as strong relationships develop. This has been a highlight for me so far,” says Megan. This year, she looks forward to teaching grades K-4 after having taught grades 6-8 for 8 years, which will allow her to grow in different ways. She hopes to connect with the students and have fun in science with them. “I hope that my students will learn that science is all around them and that they are scientists in even the smallest moments of wondering or noticing,” says Megan.

What attracted you to Saint Mark’s?  What has been a highlight so far?

I was attracted to the community here at Saint Mark’s. It is a place where there is much support and positivity as strong relationships develop. This has been a highlight for me so far.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to developing my skills as a teacher. Teaching grades K-4 after having taught grades 6-8 for 8 years will allow me to grow in different ways. I really hope to connect with the students and have fun in science with them.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, either outdoors or over a meal. I love hiking and eating!

What book are you currently reading?  What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Right now, I am in the middle of Notorious RBG. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is inspiring! But I have a soft spot for young adult fiction – Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are some of my favorites!

Why did you get into the field of teaching? What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

I got into the field of teaching as a way to give back for the amazing educational experiences I was blessed to have growing up. Those experiences helped me develop a love and appreciation for learning that I want to instill in the students I teach.

Share a little known fact about you, something that we might not find on your resume.

I love learning. If I could be paid to be a professional student, I would make that my career.

What is your favorite food?  Your favorite color? Why?

I love Italian and Mexican cuisine, but if I have to pick one I will pick Italian (any pasta dish) since I am Italian. My favorite color is purple because it makes me happy when I see it.

Tell us a little bit about your background.  Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Tujunga with my mom, 2 younger brothers, and my Italian grandparents. We lived in the house my grandparents built in the 1980s. It was a house full of love, good food, and noisy fun! Over time, I stayed a local girl – I went to Elementary school in La Crescenta (St. James the Less) , high school in Pasadena (La Salle HS) and college in Azusa (APU).

Who is your biggest role model?

My grandpa is my biggest role model – he was like a father to me. He lived a life full of kind deeds and he never missed a moment to chat with someone (even a stranger) or put a smile on their face. He taught me to seize opportunities and not be afraid to try new things. He also reminded me that life is short and needs to be enjoyed. He used to roll pennies in the most random places at the most random moments, so every time I see a penny it makes me think of him.

What do you hope your students will learn from their time in your class?

I hope that my students will learn that science is all around them and that they are scientists in even the smallest moments of wondering or noticing.

What is your favorite quote or saying?  Why?

In my first year of teaching when I felt overwhelmed, I came across this quote. I find myself going back to read it in moments where I need a reminder of the bigger picture of my calling: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson