Megan M. Allen is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year. She has been an educator for ten years, working in Title 1 schools in Florida as an elementary and special education teacher. She now spends her days working at Mount Holyoke College in Professional and Graduate Education, directing and developing Mount Holyoke Programs in Teacher Leadership. Megan has worked as a teacherpreneur with the Center for Teaching Quality, a hybrid role split where she split time between her students and cultivating leadership outside the classroom, and as the Educator in Residence at University of Central Florida, working to more closely connect our PK-12 schools and our teacher education programs.
Megan serves in various leadership roles, including the Board of Directors for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the founding Board of Directors for the Alliance for Public Schools, the bylaws and communication committees for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and the Strategic Advisory Board for Edmentum. She has also served on Florida Commissioner of Education Smith’s, Commissioner Robinson’s, and Governor Crist’s Education Task Forces, the board of the Florida Education Foundation, as a Florida NBCT network organizer, several Florida Department of Education committees and teacher advisory groups, as a virtual community organizer for the Center for Teaching Quality, and on a teacher advisory group for her school district’s evaluation, induction, and support reform efforts. Megan has also testified, advocated, and consulted around issues of differentiated compensation, evaluation systems, teacher growth, equity, and teaching quality in state and national arenas, most recently to Congress around the impact of the sequester on high needs students.
Megan is an edugeek who enjoys blogging and speaking about her journeys as an educator and teacher leader. She has been featured in Ed Week, Talks with Teachers, Good Magazine, CNN.com, Go Teach magazine, Educational Horizons magazine, the Association for Teacher Educator (ATE) yearbook, the Phi Delta Kappan, and SmartBrief for the Accomplished Teacher and ASCD. Visit her blog, Musings of a Red Headed Teacher, at www.teachingquality.org/MeganAllen or contact her on Twitter at @redhdteacher.