By Ava Aschettino
OBHS welcomes Ms. Megan Galioto to the 2020-2021 new teacher lineup with open arms. Ms. Galioto is the newest member of the English Department, teaching English 7 and Humanities Research. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from Villanova University. When Ms. Galioto first joined the OBEN community last year, she worked in the writing center and served as a leave replacement, teaching the Literacy Connections course at the middle level. Interested in learning more about one of OBHS’s newest staff members? Ms. Galioto introduces herself in an in-depth Q&A!
What made you want to become an English teacher?
“I became an English teacher because halfway through college I realized that I couldn't imagine my life without literature in it each and every day. I had such amazing teachers throughout my life who helped me to realize what I loved to do. I wanted to share this passion with kids and help them to find what they are passionate about.”
Why did you gravitate to English?
“I think there is fundamental truth about the human experience that can be found through reading. To me, every book helps me to know and understand something else about myself and the world around me.”
Have you always wanted to teach English? If not, what other career did you consider pursuing?
“I originally wanted to become a lawyer. I interned at a law firm in NYC for three years and had a great experience, but ultimately realized that it wouldn't make me happy.”
Did you teach anywhere before accepting your job at OBHS?
“OBHS is the first school I am teaching at! I taught briefly at a high school in Pennsylvania when completing my student teaching.”
Are you a Long Island native? Where did you grow up?
“Yes! I am from Garden City!”
What are your hobbies? What are you interested in?
“I love singing and horseback riding. I was in an acapella group when I was in college--that was a huge part of my college experience. I go riding about twice a month (sometimes more when I can fit it in!) and it is just one of my favorite things to do. Of course, I also love to read!”
Any fun facts about you?
“I am an Italian citizen, and all of my dogs have been named after a Beatles song/album (Penny Lane, Abbey Road, and Rocky Raccoon).”
Are you involved in any extracurricular programs that are offered to OBHS students?
“Yes! I am the club advisor for Agapae, the high school's literary arts magazine.”
What do you like most about the Oyster Bay community so far?
“I love how close-knit the community is and how much everyone does to support each other. It creates such a warm environment, both to work and learn in. I feel very lucky to be a part of it.”
Why Oyster Bay?
“I wanted to be a part of a school community that is committed to delivering a superior education to its students. I also wanted to have that small town feel that Oyster Bay has. It is an incredibly special and supportive place, and I am so happy to be a part of it.”