Meet the CELA Staff

Meghan Dwyer

Middle School English/Language Arts

  • Spring 2014 – BA in English from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN
  • Fall 2014 – BA in Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN
  • Over 5 Years of Experience Teaching Tennis in WI, Started and Conducted a Kids Tennis Clinic while in MN

Teaching has never seemed like just a profession to me. Growing up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin surrounded by 24 (mostly younger) cousins, teaching was a huge part of my life and personal identity. We grew up helping each other with homework, studying for exams and pulling together to brainstorm on big projects. Some of my favorite memories growing up revolved around the fun we had working and learning together.

In high school, I started teaching tennis to students of all ages at Chenequa Country Club. Chenequa Country Club became like a second home to me. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to establish relationships with both the children and adults and to have the ability to reconnect with them every summer. I have been at Chenequa Country Club for seven years and have had the privilege of working alongside people who supported me, believed in me, and showed me the type of teacher I wanted to be.

I went to Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin and graduated in 2010. While at Catholic Memorial, I had the opportunity to find one of the other passions that has had a shaping force in my life: Art. The Catholic Memorial International Baccalaureate Art Program gave me the freedom to research artists who inspired me and reflect on the ways their influence manifests itself in my art. Through this process, I was also able to discover art as a lens to history. I was able to incorporate this knowledge into my lessons by showing my students how historical movements are often reflected in the art from that period.

After graduating from Catholic Memorial, I went to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota to attend college. When I arrived, I had to do a lot of introspection to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. My epiphany came in the form of an all-night caffeine-fueled frenzy while I was illustrating a Chemistry study guide to review with my cousin the following day. Teaching was what motivated me. It was my passion and my purpose. I graduated St. Thomas in the Spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in the fall of 2014.

My last teaching experience was in a fourth grade classroom at a Title One School in Northeast Minneapolis. This high-needs environment was an amazing opportunity to learn how to balance the needs of a diverse group of learners. At this school, I also started and conducted an after school tennis clinic for kids of all ages. I found this to be a unique way to become a part of the school community. This experience also gave me an opportunity to strengthen my personal connection to my students and to help them learn and succeed in a new set of skills.

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to teach at CELA and I am very grateful to the people in my life who have helped me along the way and humbled to have this chance to work with your children as they embark on their journey to become life long learners and future Christian leaders. If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to email me at meghan.dwyer@celaedu.org.

 

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