Meagan Nguyen graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2005 with a degree in elementary education. She started her teaching career as a substitute teacher for one semester, before moving to Florida where she taught 3rd grade for a year. The desire to experience different parts of the country brought Meagan to the Bay Area of California where she currently resides.
In 2007, Meagan began teaching at an independent school for students with mild/moderate learning disabilities and high functioning autism. There she taught 5th and 6th grade for four years. In this unique setting, Meagan differentiated lessons and provided classroom accommodations so that all students had access to a standards-based curriculum. In her next role, she went on to work as the school’s Resource Specialist for two years. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education at San Francisco State University in 2012. In 2013 Meagan moved to a school in San Francisco that specializes in working with students with specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, for two years. There she focused on providing rigorous reading and math intervention in the classroom setting for students in 4th-6th grade. She stepped away from the classroom in 2015 when her daughter was born, returning the following year as a part time Learning Specialist. In this role, Meagan worked one-on-one with students, collaborated with teachers as a mentor and to differentiate the curriculum, and planned and presented professional development workshops.
Following the birth of her son in 2017, Meagan stepped away from the classroom once again to focus on raising her family. She is excited to join Daybreak in providing a much needed product for teachers. Throughout her career as a teacher she frequently participated in workshops and multiple-day WASC accreditation visits that took her away from her classroom, so she understands the time and energy it takes to leave quality lesson plans behind for a substitute. As a writer for Daybreak, Meagan enjoys using her experience in both general and special education to create engaging lesson content that is accessible to all students.