Meggan Gill - Keynote Presenter
Meggan Gill was born and spent her early years in lush and seemingly diverse neighborhoods of Vancouver and Squamish, B.C. In middle school, her family relocated to Houston, TX. She then spent her high school years in rural and suburban towns of Washington State and went on to graduate from a very small, independent high school in Taos, NM. She then returned to the NW to attend the Art Institute of Seattle. While moving around the country as a child posed its challenges, Meggan also feels that it has informed her about the many ways in which one person can identity themselves and/or be identified. "Being a Person of Color had a different tone and implications in every place I lived."
While pursuing her degree in health sciences at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Meggan learned about Waldorf education. Soon thereafter, she began working in their extended day and early childhood programs and in 2004 became a Waldorf kindergarten teacher. In 2008, she left the green landscape of the Pacific Northwest, moved to New York City and completed the Waldorf Early Childhood teacher training course at Sunbridge Institute in Chestnut Ridge, New York. She taught Parent-and-Child classes as well as Nursery classes at the New Amsterdam School in Manhattan before joining the Brooklyn Waldorf School in 2009. Since then, she has taught Parent-and-Child and Kindergarten classes and has been actively involved on the school’s Faculty Council and Board of Trustees. "As an urban Waldorf School operating in a historical landmark building in the heart of Bed-Stuy, the topics of race and equity are an ever-present and pervasive aspect of our work."
Meggan is happy to returning to the NW for the conference and is looking forward to sharing in this important work with her Waldorf colleagues.
In addition to the keynote addresses, Meggan will be presenting a workshop: Keeping On With the Good Work