Manager, Education Innovation & Student Success
Megan McWenie joined the Center for the Future of Arizona in 2012. She has committed her career to improving educational outcomes for all students, with a focus on the areas of adolescent literacy, teacher development and coaching, and school leadership. McWenie began her career as a high school reading intervention teacher and Teach for America corps member in Las Vegas, Nevada. She returned to her home state of Arizona to join the Phoenix Union High School District, where she worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and Cambridge Coordinator. She also supported the development of new teachers as a staff member of Teach for America’s Summer Institute.
McWenie is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a BA in English and History.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
As a former classroom teacher and instructional coach, it is inspiring to work for an organization committed to leading the systemic change that is necessary to secure the education we need to improve the lives of every Arizonan.
What do enjoy in your personal time?
I am a fourth generation-Arizonan who loves exploring and learning more about our state. I am also a third-generation University of Arizona wildcat, and the first song I learned to sing as a toddler was Bear Down.
Why do you love Arizona?
I have deep roots in this state—I am energized by the rapid change our state has been undergone in the thirty years since my birth here. I also believe we have a great deal of untapped potential in terms of our capacity to build an Arizona where every person receives an excellent education, experiences economic prosperity, and contributes to their community.