TEACHER TUESDAY BLOG
"The teachers at ESD have transformed my life. In doing that, I have grown and touched the moon!"
- A member of the Class of 2018
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Meg Fahrenbrook '01: Middle School History Teacher
What motivated and inspired you to teach? It is hard to pinpoint one or two things that motivated me or inspired me to become a teacher because I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to teach. I knew as a six and seven year old that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I would play school with my dolls and stuffed animals and always had a chalkboard or white board in my room as a kid and teenager. I had wonderful teachers in elementary school who nurtured my love of learning and desire to be a teacher, and when I came to ESD as a seventh grader, my middle school and high school teachers (some of whom are now colleagues!) encouraged me, challenged me, and showed me on a day-to-day basis the kind of impact a teacher can have on a student's life. I knew I wanted to be that kind of teacher. I am motivated by the call I feel to speak purpose and life into my students' lives through the content we cover, the skills we learn and refine, and the life lessons we pull from our world's past.
What makes you excited to come to school every day? I love coming to ESD every day because I work with passionate and caring colleagues who believe in the mission of our school. I get to work with motivated and curious students who come to class ready to learn and to go deep with the material. I love coming to ESD every day because I get to take my students on a journey through historical content that opens their eyes to the impact that one person can have on many, and I get to see them realize that they too can be that kind of leader both now in their futures.
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? I want my students to love learning. I want my students to realize their own potential as young leaders. I want them to realize the power they possess to impact our world (in whatever context they live in) in positive ways. I want them to take hold of the belief that they have a purpose in life and that they can leave a positive legacy for others to follow.
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! Things I like to do outside of the classroom...explore the city of Dallas, take my dog to the dog park, spend time in the mountains, hike, and travel. Through an organization ESD is partnered with, Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, I have been able to travel to Nepal, Cambodia, and Detroit with student groups. I have made life-time friendships through those trips, and two years ago got to travel to Nepal with husband.
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