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 as a visiting instructor in the Psychology and Education Department and researching how teacher leadership can be cultivated during the pre-service years . 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. As an edugeek, Megan enjoys blogging for the Center for Teaching Quality, advocating for her students, and serving in various leadership roles, including the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the bylaws committee for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Public Schools. Megan believes that by focusing on efforts to support and elevate teacher leadership, we can create stronger public schools that our students deserve. Read Megan’s blog, Musings of a Red Headed Teacher.