A Kansas Literacy Festival Partner Spotlight:
Effective professional development doesn't need to be packaged in 45-minute segments.
In the months leading up to our Kansas Literacy Festival this September, Storytime Village is excited to spotlight the incredibly talented individuals and organizations who have partnered with us to host literacy programming across the state of Kansas.
Our first spotlight features Megan Johnson and Michaela Kinyon of Lansing School District. The two English teachers developed "Grab N' Go Teaching" videos to provide professional development for busy teachers.
Meet the Creators
Michaela Kinyon didn't always want to be a teacher, but she fell into the profession after serving as an aide for her English teacher and discovering she had a knack for the work. She then majored in English and Secondary Education and has been teaching for the last five years. She loves having a career that allows her to help people while also geeking out about books all day long. "I don't know where I would be without some of my teachers," said Kinyon. "And I hope I can do the same for my students as well."
Megan Johnson graduated college with an English degree and went into work in an office for four years. She hated it. She wanted to use her English degree in her career, so she went back to school to become a teacher. Fast forward seven years, and she's been happily teaching English for five years now. "I am in a career that is challenging," said Johnson. "But it gives me an opportunity to be creative in a different way."
Kinyon and Johnson have worked together at Lansing High School and both have the same passion for creative, active, and art-integrated classroom activities. It was easier for them to accomplish these activities if they split up the work and helped each other come up with lesson ideas they they could adjust for their particular classes. Over the years, they have learned many new skills and had fun connecting with another teacher who is excited about this discipline and these practices.
The Festival Project: Grab N' Go Teaching
Kinyon and John