Megan Kathleen Valenti
B.A., University of California; M.A., Columbia University
Work Phone: 860-945-7842
Year Appointed: 2010
Megan grew up in Orange, CA, and attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she majored in history and minored in education studies. While at UCLA, she served as a tutor in the school’s GEAR UP Program, in which she assisted teachers in history and AP English classes and tutored in Algebra II. One summer, she also worked as a program assistant on the Pasadena campus for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. During the spring of her senior year, she volunteered with SOURCE to help disadvantaged students from the Los Angeles Unified School District with college applications and essays. During the next summer, she worked as a teacher’s assistant, basketball coach and house counselor at Phillips Academy Summer Session. That fall she enrolled in Teachers College at Columbia, where she earned a master’s in teaching social studies; and during that year, she worked as a student teacher of history at the Beacon School and the Nightingale Bamford School. Next, she taught in Choate’s Summer School and served as a dorm parent and basketball coach. From there, she taught early American history and modern U.S. history at Indian Mountain School, where she also lived in a dorm and coached basketball and softball.
At Taft Megan teaches AP US History, US History, and AP Capstone Research and is the US History section head. She times Varsity Boys Soccer and is in charge of the intramural running club in the spring. She lives in Middlebury with her husband, Michael, and their son, Jack.