Megan Knowlan

Megan Richard

Role

My role as an educator is to guide young learners through rich experiences that pave the way for future success. By creating a welcoming classroom community, I hope to make each student feel safe, develop confidence in themselves, and identify and build upon their strengths. At Discovery, my goal is to spark creativity and a love for learning while meeting each child’s individual needs and understanding their interests.

Professional Background

I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Teaching from Christopher Newport University where I was also a member of the Women’s Soccer team. Before coming to Discovery I taught Kindergarten and coached soccer in Loudoun County for three years. I’ve spent the past two years at Discovery teaching First Grade. I am excited for a wonderful year in second grade!

Personal Interests

After school and on weekends, I enjoy staying busy and spend as much time as I can outside. I love running, soccer, camping, skiing, and relaxing by the lake. When I am not enjoying the outdoors, I am often working on some type of DIY project or craft, experimenting with baked goods in the kitchen, or cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers. I love sharing my time with my wonderful family, my fiancé, and my three best friends since first grade.

Literary Connection

I chose the book Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. A young girl named Annabelle lives in a small town that is either “the white of the snow or the black soot from chimneys” until she finds a box filled with yarn of every color. She decides to knit a sweater for herself and her dog Mars. Annabelle finds that that box does not run out of yarn no matter how much she knits. She ends up creating colorful clothing for all of the people and even things that don’t wear sweaters like houses and trucks. One day, an evil archduke tries to buy the box of yarn from Annabelle. When she refuses his $10 Million offer, he steals the box, only to find that it is empty. I think this magical story sends a wonderful message that I hope to send to my students- with kindness and imagination, you have the ability to change the world.

Courses

  • Reading - Grade 2
  • Language Arts - Grade 2
  • Homeroom - Grade 2
  • Social Studies - Grade 2
  • Mathematics - Grade 2
  • Science - Grade 2