Sean Mehegan

Sean Mehegan

English Teacher, Grades 9 & 10


Laguna Beach Unified School District

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Passion for reading.
Passion for writing.
Studied English because it was the one subject for which I actually had some ability.
While operating a crane in Boston, I realized that I could finance grad school.
I enjoyed working the crane with close friends, but was getting too old physically; change needed.
I taught in a Yeshiva in Miami Beach which was an eye-opening experience.
Then I worked at a school with an economically deprived population in W. Palm Beach, Florida.
I met my wife, a SoCal girl, and she suggested applying to LBUSD...and I got in!!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
San Diego State University
graduate
Graduate
English Language and Literature, General
San Diego State University
Career

Career

English Teacher, Grades 9 & 10

I teach at Laguna Beach High School.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Writing
Writing
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I enjoy sharing my passion for literature and language with my kids. I try to remember that some kids view English with the same disdain and fear that I felt for math and science when I was a high school, so I feel that my job is to make English class just a little bit less painful; it's MY job to try to create lifetime readers, and to avoid teaching in such a pedantic manner that I cause my students to hate reading and writing. A lifetime reader will enjoy a fuller, richer life.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Find other teachers who have been recognized for their skills and ask them for specifics about how to remain creative and fresh in the classroom. Although you will necessarily sit through a large number of education classes often taught by educational theorists, these are, strangely, not the best way to learn about teaching. The BEST way is to pick the brain of a veteran teacher who loves his job and who has been recognized for his excellence.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Read, read, read. Reading is the best way to understand good writing and to enhance your critical thinking. The language of Shakespeare, Milton, and the King James Bible, if you are willing to take the time to study it, is among the most magnificent gifts ever bestowed on humankind. The English language can convey a person's greatest fears, deepest secrets, profoundest anguish, and undying love and do so with a beauty and rarity normally reserved for painters. Whether poetry or prose...read.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
graduate
Graduate
English Language and Literature, General
certification
Certification/License
Single Subject Credential
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I was particularly lucky to have parents who did not push me in a specific direction, but simply wanted me to be happy and fulfilled, no matter what career I selected. I wish I could say the same of all my students; I see many of them pressured."

There are 2700 colleges and universities in the nation. "You" can get into 2550 of them; it's the last 150 that are extremely difficult. So, IF (and for some of us that is a BIG if) college is right for you, you can bet that rather than feeling forced to apply to one of the 150 elite colleges or universities, you can always apply to one of the 2550 colleges that fits YOUR specific needs. Because you MUST follow your passion in order to live a fulfilling life...this ain't no dress rehearsal!

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Many of my students in Florida felt they had to depend on athletic scholarships, however, the $600 million in athletic scholarships is outweighed by the $4 billion in academic scholarships. Apply for academic grants and scholarships.