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B.A. in Peace and Global Studies, Earlham College; MA in Elementary Education, Lehman College; Ed.M. in Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. Megan Earls began teaching in 2000 as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She has taught grades 4-6, and is committed to providing her students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations needed to be high-achieving independent learners and critical thinkers. To this end, Megan initiated the implementation of Responsive Classroom in her elementary school, and wrote an article about the power of positive language for their journal. Additionally, she has gained leadership and curriculum development experience serving as Founding English Teacher at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School. Two years ago, Megan returned to the elementary level to teacher at P.S. 172 in Sunset Park. At 172, she developed Benchmark Books with her colleagues to support assessment in Reading Workshop, and she serves as the grade team leader. P.S. 172 is continuously awarded for its success in closing the achievement gap, and Megan looks forward to her work alongside the leaders there.