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Megan Clawson

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
I grew up in Portsmouth, NH and attended the University of New Hampshire where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Education.
I have six years of teaching experience in various preschool and elementary classrooms. Before coming to Berwick, I worked as a Pre-K teaching assistant at the Child Study and Development center at UNH and was an intern in a Kindergarten classroom at Eliot Elementary school. I am excited to become a part of Berwick Academy’s creative and caring community. I love nature and incorporating the natural environment into my classroom. If I am not at school you can usually find me teaching horseback riding lessons at Garland Stables in Rye, NH or caring for my horse and two dogs!

Why do you love teaching Pre-kindergarten?
I love teaching Pre-Kindergarten because of the children’s energy and curiosity. They are constantly exploring their environment and asking questions. I am lucky to learn alongside them because they are always teaching me new things as well. I love working with nature and hands-on activities which is a huge interest for Pre-K as well!
 
How do you define great teaching?
Great teaching happens when the teachers learn with the children and ask them just as many questions as the children ask them! They also collaborate with other teachers about ideas and are aware of changing teaching beliefs about best practice. A great teacher is caring and observant, but flexible enough to change with the flow of the day!
 
Describe your classroom in five words?
Fun, Collaborative, Natural, Creative, Caring
 
What do you like best about the Lower School?
I love the opportunity to collaborate with other grades and teachers. Community meetings on Friday’s brings the whole school together to share ideas and work together!
 
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Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.