For her birthday, Megan Domine brought cupcakes for the kids in her class, but they weren’t ordinary cupcakes. They were a tool for teaching.
Those treats helped to make up a periodic table of elements, and each student took their cupcake and re-searched that element.
“I like to be creative in my classroom,” said Domine, who is teaching seventh and eighth grade science at RVMS. “My favorite thing is to watch kids as they understand a subject and then run with it.
“I want to help them reach their potential and help them dig deep to find it.”
Domine, who grew up in Mahtomedi, earned an elementary education degree with an emphasis on middle school science from the Morris campus of the U of M.
What had started as study toward a degree in biology changed to education as Domine discovered her passion was not only in learning more about science but in helping others learn about it, too.
“When I started studying biology, I learned I missed working with adolescents,” said Domine. “To me being a teacher is just a natural fit.”
Domine said her passion is being creative and logical, agreeing science lends itself well to both of those interests, as there are myriad opportunities for hands-on education.
Working with students in Grades 7 and 8, Domine is teaching both life science and earth science, adding the chance to teach both is her dream job.
At this point, Domine continues to get acclimated to her role in teaching at RVMS, and said she is hoping in the future to get in-volved in more leadership roles.
She is not doing any coaching, adding she was a swimmer in school and the district does not have a pool.
“Not yet,” she said with a smile.
Domine said her first year of teaching has been very busy so far, adding things have been going very well for her.
For Domine, the chance to be with middle school students is an ideal one, because they are at an age where they can still be molded, and the chance to have an impact on them is one she takes seriously.
“They still have a curiosity,” she said, adding as a teacher she wants to encourage that in her class.
Domine knows not every student who walks into her classroom has the same kind of passion for science she does.
That just means finding creative things to spark their interest.
One of the ways Domine has helped en-hance her own classroom is through displays she has throughout the room.
On the walls and in various other locations is a variety of fowl a friend who does taxidermy did for her.
Page 2 of 2 - Those birds, which are mostly native to Minnesota, create an eye appeal for some of the students, especially those who may hunt or who have an interest in the outdoors.
“This way they can see things from nature up close,” she explained. “The kids really love it.”
Domine said she has received great support from her colleagues, the school administration and the community as a whole.
“It’s been a good fit,” she said.
Domine said she does not just expect her students to accept everything they hear, but encourages them to continue to ask questions and find things out for themselves.
Domine is enjoying her job at RVMS.
When she is not doing school related activities, she likes to swim, do things outdoors and be creative.