||Introducing students to the numerous career pathways available in biology is always a challenge. This was certainly true for Dr. Megan Faliero, who found her science-loving AP and honors students turning almost exclusively to pre-med and pre-vet programs in college. However, after attending a biotechnology training at the University of Florida and learning of the opportunities within the fields of biotechnology, Megan decided to create a curriculum entitled “Biotechnology and Emerging Pathogens” specifically to explore the use of biotechnology in the context of research and highlight a wide variety of STEM related careers.
Megan’s efforts have had her desired impact, and Megan has received grants to expand her biotechnology program as a result. She was also recently named the recipient of the 2014 NABT Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Award.
For the past 16 years, Megan has served as a teacher, coach, administrator, and director of instructional development. She currently teaches AP Biology and Honors Biology at Durant High School in Plant City, Florida. She serves as a content and instructional leader within her district, and frequently mentors new teachers, especially those teaching AP Biology. She is also an independent consultant for the College Board.
Megan received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology Sciences from Ohio University. She continued her education at Nova Southeastern University, earning her Master’s of Educational Leadership and Doctorate of Organizational Leadership degrees. She is an award-winning educator and was named to the Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship at the University of South Florida in 2013, and received the Lignell Outstanding Teacher Award in 2014.
Her colleagues know Megan as a talented and progressive leader within her school, district, and community. Her students know her as innovative instructor who wants to broaden their horizons.
“When I was graduating from high school, I knew I loved science, but I had no ideas what major I should choose and what career pathways were available to me” said Megan in a statement. “I want to change this so that students know different avenues for careers in the field of biology.”
We congratulate Dr. Megan Faliero on her award, and wish her continued success as she helps students explore biology and biotechnology as a future career.