LRHS math teacher Meghan Sugalski plans for her class

“Mustangs Ahead” is asking teachers “Why do you teach?” This segment by Paige Venuto is about LRHS math teacher Meghan Sugalski.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – I have always loved math. When I was in second grade I wrote a book and in it, I said when I grow up I wanted to be an Irish Dancing teacher or a math teacher. I ended up going with the second choice.

Before teaching, I had a few other jobs. In high school I worked at a Dunkin Donuts (in doughnut-loving Massachusetts, so crazy busy).  My boss tried to convince me to go to Dunkin Donuts College, but that wasn’t for me. I quit the Donut business and moved to pizzas. I worked at and managed a family-owned pizza place from my junior year in high school through college. In my senior year in high school, I tutored statistics at a local community college and stayed working there through my Bachelor’s degree.

I have now been teaching for 15 years. Over the years, I have taught many different forms of math.

I love many different things about my job. One of my favorite parts is the fact that I get to do math every day. I also love the people I work with. My coworkers are fun, amazing, dependable people that I truly enjoy being around (and pulling pranks on).  In addition, I get to teach the best students in school. The majority of my students are hard working and care about what they are doing. Most importantly though, this job allows me to be there for my family.

My least favorite part about my job would be apathetic students. I am still trying to figure out how to make someone care when he or she truly does not think school is a priority.


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