If you would have asked Meg Franklin at any point in her life what she wanted to be she would have given you the same answer. She wanted to be a teacher.
Franklin recalls in her childhood often playing teacher and having her younger brothers be the students in her makeshift classroom.
“I just always wanted to be a teacher,” Franklin recalled.
Her mother was a special education teacher and that she was one of her main influences to become a teacher.
Her father was in the military and the family moved around many times during her childhood.
They lived in six states over the course of her childhood, Hawaii, Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, South Carolina and Oklahoma.
While some children do not like the frequent moving that often occurs in military families Franklin said that it did not bother her and she often enjoyed the new environment.
“I loved it, I loved meeting new people and having new experiences,” Franklin said.
She said that moving frequently gave her the ability to adapt to new places and people.
She said this helps her as a teacher since the classroom environment is always changing.
Franklin’s family moved to Honolulu for her senior year of high school.
While she was living there she was able to volunteer in her high school’s special education program and that is where she found her passion for working with special needs students.
She later attended Anderson University where she majored in Special Education. She graduated from Anderson in 2018 and then began working at Fort Dorchester Elementary School.
Franklin teaches special needs students of all grade levels.
She said that working with the children is the best part of her job.
She said that the greatest reward is often seeing students who students see as limited or only capable of certain task achieving goals and surpassing expectations.
“It’s great seeing them grow up and do things no one expects them to,” Franklin said.
Franklin said that often times teaching can be challenging, but it is always worth it in the end when she sees students succeed.
She also credits the people of Fort Dorchester Elementary School with helping her.
She said that everyone from administrators to her fellow teachers help one another with everything and always look out for one another.
“It’s like our own little community,” Franklin said.