Andersen Teacher of the Year
Megan Sparks, prekindergarten
Prekindergarten teacher Megan Sparks was named Andersen Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019.
“I knew I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember,” Sparks said. “In 1981, as a third grader at Grove Elementary, I chose to dress up as a teacher for Career day. My teacher was Miss Voss and I wanted to be just like her. She was kind, fair and made learning fun. Throughout middle school and high school, I helped teach Sunday school classes at church. After graduation, I taught preschool for several years until I began teaching Pre-K for Union in 2001. I love helping children learn and develop their early academic skills. The experiences students receive in Pre-Kindergarten set the foundation for their entire school careers. I value and treasure the opportunity to be a part of that journey.”
One of Sparks’ favorite parts of the day is sharing books with the class and having group discussions before, during and after the stories.
“The students have unique story predictions and clever problem-solving ideas,” Sparks said. “I love hearing them share experiences and make connections to their own lives.”
The biggest obstacle Sparks says she faces in her classroom is bridging the gap between prekindergarten and kindergarten.
“We help our students prepare for kindergarten by encouraging problem solving skills, increasing independence, introducing them to technology, and providing enrichment information/activities to parents for summer practice. As Pre-K teachers, we must be both flexible and intentional, taking advantage of all teaching opportunities, while providing environments that encourage investigation, exploration and free-choice learning.
Sparks began teaching at Union in August of 2001. “This is my 18th year teaching prekindergarten for the district. I am proud to be from the Union High School graduating class of 1991. There is no place I would rather teach than at Union.”
Sparks plans to continue to pursue opportunities to grow as an educator and better provide opportunities for her students to succeed socially, emotionally and academically.
Sparks attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, for two years and then Northeastern State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.