Meet the teacher: Megan Alvarado loves the uniqueness of teaching

Name: Megan Alvarado

School: Gateway Polytechnic Academy

Megan Alvarado and her family. (Submitted photo)

Why you chose to work in the district: I came to Queen Creek for many reasons. One big reason, I saw a lot of potential opportunities for a district that is quickly growing. I love to learn from the ground up, so watching Queen Creek grow one family at a time has been exciting and educational all at the same time.

What I like most about what I do: I love that each day is different, that I get to inspire children to be their best self and most importantly I teach because every child is just one caring adult away from being a success story.

Where did you come from: I was born in Carroll, Iowa. Most of my life has been spent here in Arizona though. My family and I go back and visit family in Iowa. In fact, last summer we took a road trip and drove back home. It was fun to show my kids a change of scenery. They saw absolutely nothing for miles around but corn!

If I had picked a different occupation it might have been: Veterinarian, I love animals. I just couldn’t get past the fact that I would have to put some to sleep.

What I’m looking forward to most this school year: I am looking forward to both the professional and personal growth of leadership opportunities I’ve been given this year. I also have a great class. I love watching how much growth they’ve made and how much more they will make by the end of the year.

My vision for the school: I want students to have fun with learning. In the end, my vision would be that all students feel loved, accepted, and feel the growth they’ve made through all their hard work.

People who inspired me (and how): It’s cheesy but my kiddos inspire me. One of my favorite quotes is: “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about” Angela Schwindt

One thing I want students to know about me: One thing students should know about me is, I teach like I parent. I’m stern but loving. I won’t sugar coat things and my expectations are high.

One thing I want parents to know about me: Same as above. I truly love all of my students, but I’m stern and I have high expectations that I KNOW students can meet.

My advice to today’s youth: Always be the hardest worker in the room.

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