Megan Edlefsen is a Grades 9-12 Fashion, Interior Design, and Personal Finance teacher at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas.
If you asked Megan’s family, education is where she was always meant to be. Instead, she took a more winding path to the classroom by first starting a career utilizing her MFA in costume design and construction. With that degree, she went on to work for several major theater companies across the country, followed by time as a graphic and instructional Designer. Regardless of where her jobs took her, Megan’s heart has always been that of a teacher! So, she completed an alternative certification program and has been at home in the classroom since 2019. Megan is grateful for the many unique tools and perspectives her past experiences have provided her as an educator.
What book has influenced your thinking on powerful teaching and learning?
“Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. This book inspires me to think about creativity in a way that challenges the traditional definition of creativity. I love that it embraces not only thinking creatively but also emphasizes putting yourself in a place of creative thinking by surrounding yourself with inspiring people who love and support you.”
What’s one student project that demonstrates powerful learning?
“Students at Clear Springs High School, part of Clear Creek ISD, created hand-sewn felt monsters based on the imaginative designs of a wonderful first-grade class. The high school students made the monsters entirely by hand and got to surprise the first graders with their very own custom monsters!”
Ask Megan about:
“How to take your students from the classroom to the world! Whether you want to work across campus or in your community, I’d love to help you come up with some ideas to make it happen.”
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