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2022 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient

Megan Malkus has been a part of the Okemos School District since 2007 when she started as an intern at Cornell Elementary. Megan has taught both upper and lower elementary including 4 years as a Montessori teacher at Okemos Public Montessori. She has spent the last 8 years teaching 2nd grade at Cornell. Megan graduated from MSU with a degree in Family Community Services with a young child emphasis. With this degree, she taught preschool in her hometown of South Lyon and was the Assistant Childcare Director at a local early childhood center. Megan returned to MSU where she earned a post-BA degree in Elementary Education. She later earned her master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum, also from MSU.

Megan lives in Okemos with her husband Nathan, daughters Piper (an 8th grader at Chippewa) and Penelope (a 5th grader at Kinawa), and her son Will (a second grader at Cornell). As a former soccer player, Megan loves watching Will and Penelope play for Okemos and Piper at Lansing Rush and is currently helping coach Penelope’s OSC team. She also enjoys spending getaways in Harbor Springs and Petoskey and watching movies with her family. Her favorite kid’s movie is Ratatouille, but she also has a deep love for classics like Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Megan’s favorite thing about teaching is forming meaningful relationships with all her students. Her goal is not only to help each child reach their full potential academically but she is equally grounded in helping her students become kind and caring human beings. One of her favorite things to do with her 2nd graders each year is to raise painted lady butterflies and release them in the Spring. When asked about working in Okemos, Megan says, “I feel so fortunate to work in a district where I am surrounded by some of the most amazing teachers. Their examples of teaching and love for their job continue to inspire me to want to work harder and be better for my students”.