GREEN APPLE TEACHING AWARD
Meghan Wagner loves applied mathematics as much as she enjoys watching her students learn why things work the way they do.
She has been teaching math for eight years. For the past four years, she has taught Algebra 2 at South Lyon High School, where she sometimes gets to teach her favorite subject, physics. Previously, she taught math for two years at Pinckney High School and two years at Madison High School. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know students and helping them move toward their goals, whether the goals are in math and science, or not.
Mrs. Wagner graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012, receiving a BS degree in math with a minor in physics. She continued her studies and in 2018 graduated from Eastern Michigan University with an MS degree in higher education student affairs. She said her advanced degree has been invaluable to her as a high school teacher.
“With this degree, I have been able to help students apply to college and guide them to make choices in high school that will help them achieve their collegiate goals,” she explained.
Mrs. Wagner works as an academic advisor at Schoolcraft College each summer, helping students plan their freshman year.
“I am always trying to make it better, whatever ‘it’ is for each student, whether that’s math skills, social skills, reasoning, or applying to college,” she said. “I try to emphasize the importance of responsibility, honesty, compassion and learning just as much as the actual math content.”
Outside of the classroom, she coaches seventh grade volleyball and helps guides the South Lyon Connection, Character and Celebration Club promote a positive school culture and climate.
She has been married to her husband, Zack, for 3 ½ years and have a Miniature Goldendoodle dog named Tucker. They live in Hartland, Michigan, are expecting our first child in September.
Mrs. Wagner was nominated for the Green Apple Teaching Award by Leah Williams and Gabrielle Wink, both seniors in mechanical engineering.
Established in 2006 at the suggestion of College of Engineering Alumni Association board member Joseph M. Colucci (BS ’58, Mechanical Engineering), the Green Apple Teaching Award honors a K-12 teacher who has inspired students to study math, science, and engineering.