Meg Marsland’s passion for teaching and learning has its roots in her own wide-ranging experiences – literally (geographically) and figuratively (philosophically) – in education as a student and teacher. Meg grew up in Taos, New Mexico where she attended public schools, then completed her high school education in England, attended Oxford University and received her undergraduate degree back in the US at Sarah Lawrence University. Meg will complete a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology December 2015 through University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in teaching applications and cognition.
After exploring a number of career opportunities primarily in adventure travel, Meg helped open a Montessori preschool for Tibetan refugees in the eastern region of the Nepal Himalayas, rediscovering her genuine passion for that magic that happens when students and teachers come together to learn from and teach one another.
Meg has since pursued her career in education and honed her craft as a teacher, and she revels in each moment when she sees “the light go on” in the minds (and reflected in the faces) of young learners, making the collaborative journey worth every effort. She has been a teaching practitioner for 15 years primarily in elementary grades from Kindergarten to fifth grade, enjoying the unique challenges and simple joys of working with each age group.
Meg strives to create a learning environment that celebrates each student’s unique gifts and instills in them a shared responsibility for the entire class, as well as the larger school, local, even global community. She believes learning must be student-driven, connected in real ways to their lives, and provide them with a chance to generate their own meaning out of essential questions and apply life-worthy skills in authentic ways.
Outside the classroom, Meg is herself a student, learning something new every day from her two children and husband. Together they love to ski, bike, run, read, and cook. Before joining the Lower School team at PCDS, Meg spent the better portion of two years working on her masters degree in Educational Psychology, volunteering in her own children’s classrooms, and enjoying being a mom!