My name is Megan, and I'm an English teacher based in Kraków. I was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (USA), and I studied at St. Olaf College for my Bachelor's degree; I majored in Philosophy with a concentration in Biomedical Studies.
I came to Poland in 2013 to study Philosophy at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) and received my master's degree in 2015. While I am not teaching English, I'm involved with local theater, sing, and work on my own philosophy projects.
I have been in Poland for over four years (since Sept. 2013) total. Fortunately, I've had several meaningful opportunities to learn about Polish culture. I hope to continue my experience with the Polish people by offering my expertise in the English language to those who wish to learn :)
St. Olaf College, Northfield MN
Concentration: Biomedical Studies
Bachelor of Arts: May 2013
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Masters of Philosophy: September 2015
Product Owner, Craftinity, Kraków, Poland, Oct 2017- present
Currently, I'm a product owner at an AI company focused on Machine Learning and Data Science.
Tutorial Author, Sophia Learning, Minneapolis, MN (USA), August 2016- October 2017
I was a tutorial author for an "Introduction to Ethics" college-level class. For this position, I created a series of video-based instructional videos with an emphasis on making ethics, and philosophy as a whole, digestible for newcomers.
English Teacher, Szkoła Jezyków PERFEKT, Kraków, Poland, October 2016- May 2017
I work as an English teacher for a gaming company, Yggdrasil Gaming. I create my own curriculum for the lessons and try to provide a challenging, yet entertaining environment for the students in order to encourage contact with the English language.
Actress, Kraków King's Players, Kraków, November 2015- May 2017
Acted in the original play, "It's Only a Bed!", playing the role of Darlene, the customer service manager at a high-end hotel in Kraków. Also took part in the modern interpretation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing."
English Teacher, Lingua Land/Prywatne Akademickie Centrum Kształcenia, April 2016- May 2016
I was employed as a native English speaker for Lingua Land, but I led English classes for middle schoolers and high schoolers from PACK. Led by a small set of rules, I created my own curriculum and lead classes independently.
English Teacher, CorCode, Kraków, Poland, October 2015- May 2016
Worked as a private English teacher for an IT outsourcing company. I created a curriculum centered on building business-related vocabulary, as well as stimulated discussions related to recent advancements in technology. I taught intermediate and advanced levels.
English Teacher, Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, Kraków, November 2015-April 2016
Worked as an English teacher for the pharmaceutical company Arcana Institute. I created a curriculum according to each level of English, concerning topics related to current scientific research as well as general English. I mainly focused on communication and understanding, in an attempt to encourage learners to continue their education of English as well as provide a level-appropriate challenge for each student.
English Teacher, New English School, Lublin, Poland, March 2014-June 2014
Taught English to Polish speakers through the New English School, located in the Old Town of Lublin. Following the Callan method, lessons were focused on the fluidity of speech with a native speaker, and enlargement of vocabulary. Students ranged from all ages and experience, from beginner to advanced English speakers.
Lab Assistant, Chemistry Department, St. Olaf College, September-December 2010, 2011
Assisted in a chemistry lab for two semesters, which included teaching procedure to students for Organic and General Chemistry Lab, as well as theoretical chemistry. Organized lab manuals and grading. Aided the professor, Robert Hanson, in use of sophisticated lab equipment, such as NMR, IR, and MS machines.
Interests, Hobbies, & Other Info:
First and foremost, I love to sing. For two years, I sang with the internationally recognized St. Olaf Choir as a second soprano; we toured both the East and West coast of the US. In the summer of 2013, we toured for three weeks in Norway. Occasionally, I've had some opportunities to sing here in Poland (e.g. at some weddings and charity events). I've also played the violin for over eight years.
Other than music, I enjoy drawing, playing tennis, and reading thought-provoking texts. My current mission is to learn more Polish :)