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2020 Mississippi Aspiring Teacher Scholarship Winner Is Dedicated to Helping All Students Succeed

by Voyager Sopris Learning on Sep 24, 2020

Megan Weigel

Recent high school graduate Megan Weigel comes from a long line of teachers. Weigel, from Olive Branch, MS, is the winner of the Voyager Sopris Learning® 2020 Aspiring Teacher Scholarship and plans to follow in the footsteps of the generations of teachers who came before her.

However, the real inspiration behind her decision to become a teacher is her younger brother, Braden, who is autistic. Weigel saw firsthand the impact dedicated special education teachers had on her brother’s progress and is determined to learn how she can help other students overcome their challenges.

“When I found out about special education teaching, I knew I had to be a part of that,” Weigel shared during a recent interview. “My dreams are to get to know all those special education students and help them achieve their academic goals.”

Weigel is no stranger to academic struggles herself.

“I have dyslexia and I want to focus on special education because I still need help with my dyslexia and learning how to read,” she said. “I need to learn how to help others.”

When she was in elementary school, Weigel’s teachers “didn’t know dyslexia was a thing. They just thought I was slow,” she said.

Her mother worked with her outside of school, pushing her to read books and helping her to become a better reader. “I’m still struggling, especially with vocabulary, and every day I’m learning something new,” she said.

Weigel’s dream is to be the kind of teacher whose students know she believes in them and will never give up on them, the way her family never gave up on her or her brother. She wants her future students to know that effective teaching is a true partnership.

“Not only will I be teaching them, they’ll be helping themselves to accomplish what others thought they couldn’t do,” she said.

Weigel has already begun her journey toward becoming a teacher, joining this year’s freshman class at the University of Mississippi.

“Last year, when I volunteered at an elementary school, I felt like I was home,” she said. “I knew this was the job I wanted to do.”

We wish her the very best of luck.

The 2020 Aspiring Teacher Scholarship was sponsored by LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), Voyager Sopris Learning’s landmark professional learning series on the science of reading. Mississippi uses LETRS as a key part of its statewide literacy initiative to teach educators the science of reading and give them the skills to teach language and literacy to every student, even those with reading challenges like dyslexia.

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