Megan Oteri Megan Oteri is an educator with vision and purpose. Her forte is helping students find their unique voices, and unleashing the power of story within each child. She has taught a wide range of students and is no stranger to the classroom — having worked with youth from elementary through high school. Her writing and photography has appeared in national and international publications.

Degrees, Memberships and Training: BA – Special and Elementary Education; MA – English (Creative Writing); Certified North Carolina teacher; Kennedy Center National Seminar for Teaching Artists; Certified LEGO Education Academy trainer. Grants: National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant, Wyoming Arts Council grant recipient and Borchardt Study Abroad Fellowship (Surrey, England). BOOK MEGAN OTERI

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Residency
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

In this Photography and Creative Writing residency, students take digital photographs and write 1,000 words about their individual photo(s). Students learn how to follow their muse throughout the creative process using an editorial process to select the photo(s) that speak to them. Students learn how to file share to save and upload their photo (preferred to have assistance from Technology Coordinator if possible). After students choose their photo(s), they will create a 1,000 word prose piece on their photograph. Students create a classroom gallery to display and celebrate their work. Residency length and duration is customizable.

Maximum Participants: 25

Residency Fee:
$93.75 per class/hr.
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GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Residency
The Bicycle of Poetry: Riding through the Senses

Students explore figurative language and the five senses through “Senses Stations” to create poetry. Students write poetry using poetic techniques and descriptive language using sensory details. A bicycle displays the elements of poetry on one wheel (onomatopoeia, alliteration, descriptive language, personification, simile/metaphor and imagery). The other wheel displays the five senses (touch, taste, sound, sight, and smell). Students explore the senses through “Senses Stations” and are introduced to figurative language, including advanced techniques such as synesthesia. Students end the residency with an open mic to celebrate their poetry. Residency length and duration is customizable.

Maximum Participants: 30

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Classroom, tables/desks for stations, whiteboard or over-sized paper, items for the senses stations (teaching artist will provide most of them).

Residency Fee:
$93.75 per class/hr.