Who is Megan Vosk? I have always wanted to be a teacher. When I was a child, I used to line up all of my stuffed animals and give them geography lessons. I would teach them the names of all the countries and cities. At the time, the places sounded so exotic – Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Paris, Seoul, Copenhagen. Little did I know that, as an adult, I would be living in some of those cities, visiting others, and teaching real students about how much our world has to offer.
What does she value? I consider myself lucky because I finish each day feeling happy and satisfied with the work that I am doing. I know I am making a positive contribution. I believe that teaching is one of the most important jobs a person can do. Within my classroom, I have advocated for social justice, human rights, compassion, and kindness. I have encouraged my students to think about the welfare of others and to embrace the values of multiculturalism and collective action. Teaching has shaped and defined me. I am proud of the person I have become and am still becoming. I owe much of that to my time in classrooms and to the students that I’ve had the honor to teach.
My favorite inspirational teacher quote from the incredible Malala Yousafzai. From Teaching Tolerance.org
What brings her joy? I love being a part of the international teaching community and interacting with people from all over the world. My perspective has broadened considerably as a result of the friendships I’ve made with people from many different backgrounds. Some of my favorite memories of my time abroad include: teaching yoga classes to women from Palestine and Jordan, attending Emirati and Korean weddings, and being asked to join an impromptu street party in Varanasi. Politics divide nations, but people unite through common courtesies and small kindnesses.
What are her passions? I have a romantic personality. And I think that there is nothing more romantic than food. Eating is my favorite pastime when I am outside of the classroom. My husband, Torrey, and I share a love of trying new things, and we are working hard to pass that love on to our small son, Valentine. We are always seeking out exciting and beautiful restaurants around the world. From hawker stalls in Penang and Jakarta to three-star restaurants in Paris and Tokyo, we love it all (did you know that McDonald’s has date pies in Oman and miso dipping sauce in Hong Kong?)! Food is a window into the heart of a culture. Although you can look at food pictures on Instagram all day long, you can only eat in real life – it doesn’t taste so good to bite an iPhone.
What does she believe? If you’ve come to this concluding paragraph, it means you’ve taken the time to learn a little bit about me. I’m flattered! To conclude, teaching has defined my life for as long as I can remember. It is my single greatest joy (besides my husband and son, of course). I believe a good teacher can change the world. And I am striving, every day in the classroom, to be the best teacher that I can be!