My name is Megan Marohn and I have spent the past 4 years working with Autistic and Developmentally delayed children in the 1st and 2nd grade. Prior to that I was the marketing manager for an online education company. While pursuing my Masters Degree in Anthropology/Archaeology, I taught undergraduate courses as the university I was attending. And for 2 years prior to going back to school for my Masters Degree, I worked with High School students who were MIMD and MOMD.
Creativity is the key to teaching those "hard-to-reach" students and the key to capturing and keeping the interest of young minds in general.
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In order of time, blood, sweat, and tears, from the most demanding to the least - Masters in Anthropology from BYU with an emphasis in Archaeology, a Bachelors in Anthropology from BYU, a high school diploma from Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ, and, not to be forgotten, certificates of advancement from Rhodes Jr. High and Alma Elementary.
My creativity has spilled into every job that I have ever had and I have found it particularly useful when working with children. While working with the autistic kids I found that there were many things I was able to accomplish through creative endeavors where other methods had failed -- from helping student to create and draw their own flash cards, to motivating appropriate behavior with art rewards.