Meghan has 20 years of experience working with children. She holds a Masters in Education with a focus on the arts as a pathway for learning. Meghan trained and taught early childhood ages at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle for thirteen years. During this time, she utilized a five-part, multiple intelligences curriculum created by Anne Green Gilbert, author and creator of the neuroexercise program, BrainDance©. The curriculum includes sensory integration and encourages language literacy and rhythm while moving and playing. She is a certified children’s yoga teacher through Next Generation Yoga.
Meghan has put her extensive training to work in a variety of creative ways. She was the Creative Dance and Yoga teacher at Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts in Seattle for their infant, toddler and preschool classes for five years and taught an integrated early childhood program at Greenwood Elementary in Seattle for three years. In addition, Meghan created and facilitated a movement learning program for children with learning disabilities at Beacon Hill International School in Seattle. She has continued her journey as she returns to her roots here in Indianapolis. She currently teaches at the Irvington Wellness Center, created and ran a sensory fiber optic class for the Urban Chalkboard in Carmel. Owned and directed Play. Be. Discover. An Early Learning Playschool, ages walking through 4. She also attends an active learning group called the 100 languages collective with early childhood educators around Indianapolis. She is eclectic in her teaching style. Some influences are Waldorf, Montessori and more recently Reggio Emilia. She aims to keep it consistent and novel to create a safe foundation to support creative explorations and discovery. And to experience the joy of connecting and learning.
Meghan enjoys the opportunity to work with all learning styles and customizing the curriculum for the children she is teaching in the moment. Her work experience as a social skills facilitator for children and teens allows her to effectively facilitate harmonious socialization in a positive, supportive environment. She is a mother learning in every moment!
Teaching preschool is all I have ever wanted to do. I feel like I am living my dream every day. I graduated from State University of NY at Cortland in 1980 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education (Nursery-6th grade) and have been teaching preschool ever since. Speedway Co-op has been my home for the last 19 years and I have enjoyed every aspect of it, especially teaching siblings who tagged along as babies when older brothers or sisters were enrolled. It is wonderful when I can really get to know the families and feel as though I have made a difference in their lives. I embrace the developmental approach of co-op that allows our children to be children, get messy, have fun, make choices, laugh, and have lots of opportunities for play and social development. I love the 4/5′s age group that I teach because they keep me young and smiling every day. It is truly hard to believe I am entering my 20th year of teaching the Sparkplug’s class. Times have changed, parenting styles have changed and the faces in the classroom have changed each year, but my LOVE for teaching has not!
Mrs. Ward teaches the Sparkplugs class.