Mt. Pleasant teacher could win $10K for school as 'America's Most Innovative'

Ms. Nordoff speaks with students.
Ms. Nordoff speaks with students.

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A teacher at Montessori of Mount Pleasant is a Top 10 Finalist for "America's Most Innovative Teacher," which opens the door for a possible $10,000 grant for the school.

Megan Nordoff, who leads a team of educators at Montessori of Mount Pleasant (MMP),

joins nine other teachers from all over the country in the magazine's "Great American Teach-Off" contest, which posts videos from the teachers while allowing viewers and readers to vote.

According to a release from the school, Nordoff has invested in her training and understanding of child development by becoming certified in Montessori, Orton-Gillingham, Redirecting Childrens Behavior, RIE and Pikler.

She uses this knowledge and her 18 years of educational experience to mentor and guide the potential of her students, the release states.

"I believes good education is one built on a strong foundation valuing relationships and the preparation of the adult to follow the child. The child is wired to innovate and if we follow him, innovation will occur," states Nordoff.

According to the school, Nordoff's efforts support conservation, early literacy, relationship based schools, Slow-Food concepts, nature education, and more.

The school says Nordoff wants to use the $10,000 grant to create a mobile farm extension to her classroom, linking children with agriculture that she can share not only with her students, but also with those in neighboring schools.

The voting period opens Mar. 4 at 3 p.m. Go to to cast your vote.

You can also follow along to Ms. Megan's progress online at Montessori of Mount Pleasant's Facebook page: