Megan Flaherty

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I have a fascination with the interconnectedness of the earth and the stories behind each plant, each animal. I have a similar fascination with how children learn and how their state of mind, their emotions, affect their learning. A long time educator, both inside the classroom and outside, I am continually questioning my role and how to best work with each child.

I believe that real learning occurs when it arises from authentic experiences that have meaning for the child. Children learn through various means and show their learning in various ways. Learning is a cooperative effort between the child and the teacher. My job as a teacher is to recognize the potential in each child and facilitate their learning process and guide them in taking ownership of their own learning.

Education

University of Colorado: Masters in Elementary Education and Certification, Spring 1999

Naraopa Institute, CO: Graduate classes in Counseling Psychology

Colby College, ME: B.A. Department of Human Development with a Concentration in Philosophy & Religion, Spring 1989

National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander WY: Semester in the Rockies, Fall 1986

Professional Experience

2001 – present: Founding Teacher of Running River School.

2016 – present: Created, designed, and led after school STEAM (Science, Tools, Engineering, and Math) Program for Running River.

1999 – 2001: Eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Hodgkins Middle School, Westminster, CO.

1991 – 2001: Summers: Administrator, Staff & Trip Leader for outdoor and leadership experiences for teens with Longacre Farm and Expeditions in various locations in the U.S.

1992 - 1997:  Co- Teacher and Assistant Teacher at Alaya Preschool & Kindergarten in Boulder, CO.

1990 - 1991: Instructor at Horizons for Youth, a residential outdoor education program for school children in Sharon, MA

Elementary and Middle School After School and Homeschool Tutoring

Is your child struggling at school or do you wish to engage their learning on a deeper level? 

With over 15 years teaching experience across the grades and subjects, I have worked with many different types of children and learners. I am fascinated with how kids learn, how to work with different types of learners, and how to help them understand their own learning process. In recent years I have become especially interested in understanding the special needs and abilities of visual spatial learners and how to guide them through the learning process. I will work with your child not only on the skills and strategies they need to be successful, but also the emotional element of learning. When children do not feel good about their ability to learn, little learning can take place. Building confidence and connection to their learning is crucial for children.

I am available for tutoring and homeschool tutoring for children grades K-8 in all subjects, with math as my specialty. I have a masters in elementary education and have worked in public and private schools. Contact me if you are interested in meeting and discussing your child's needs and finding out if we can work together to further and deepen your child's education.

Megan Flaherty
megan@mccool.com