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Stratton (née King), Meghan

Meghan Stratton (née King)
Major: Double Major: History and Women & Gender Studies
Minor: -
Year of Graduation: 2014
Current Location (city): North Brunswick
Current Occupation: Teacher of Social Studies
Company Name: East Windsor Regional School District
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Why did you choose your major/minor, and what did you like most about it?: My love and inspiration for history education goes back to when I was six years old. “I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, who was a dedicated educator. As I grew older, I came to realize that the passion I held for history throughout my academic career was what I wanted to share with others. When I first started teaching I learned that this was more than a passion, it was a calling. There is nothing more important that I would rather dedicate my life to. Knowing that my students are excited and just as passionate as I am to learn is my reason for coming to work every day.
Tell us about your journey since graduation and the ways that your experiences at Rutgers and SAS (major/minor, classes, professors, clubs, etc.) have contributed to your successes.: I was named the 2019 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year. This award is presented annually by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K‐12 American history education. Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. In 2015, I received my Master’s degree concentrating in Social Studies Education in addition to serving as an Urban Teaching Fellow at the GSE. I am also the Summer Program Coordinator at the Rutgers Office of Leadership and Experiential Learning in the summer, and advisor for the drama program at my middle school.
What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?: My time at the GSE instilled a lot of valuable lessons that I use every day in my teaching in addition to giving me an appreciation for the importance of history education specifically. Through practical experience and strong pedagogy, the GSE reaffirmed my belief that everyone deserves an education, and the best way you can show love to your students is by providing them the best education you are capable of delivering.