Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Heidi Bacon, 5th & 6th Grade Science
Levine Academy

I served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala (1991-1993) to teach farmers about agriculture and epidemiology. What intrigued me the most about choosing Guatemala, were the indigenous people, the Mayan. I read about them in National Geographic in 1989.  One famous Guatemalan is  Rigoberta Menchu’, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous people. (1992) Her struggle was real. She lost most of her village in a raid, while my struggle was just trying to just find a job after graduating college. That is when I decided to try something new, a new culture, work on my language skills in Spanish, meet new people and travel.  I will never regret going to the Peace Corps. It made me more of who I am today.  

* Heidi graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Biology.  After college, she served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala.  She taught for several years in DISD schools and in private and public schools in Houston. She likes the outdoors, attends concerts, and loves cooking.  

 

Megan Rosenthal, 4th Grade General Studies
Levine Academy

This summer, Megan Rosenthal, 4th Grade General Studies Teacher will be on a teaching fellowship in Israel with TALMA. She was 1 of 185 applicants chosen out of 3,000+ from around the world.

Ms. Rosenthal will be in Israel for 1-month, working in low-income school communities on the Israeli border. While she will be teaching in the mornings at her placement school, Ms. Rosenthal will gain professional development through inspirational enrichment – hearing first-class speakers, and working with entrepreneurs and startups to collaborate in the movement for education equity.

TALMA’s Vision:
TALMA seeks to cultivate a pipeline of social justice change agents who will use their experience in Israel as a launching point for a lifetime of leadership. By investing in the personal and professional development of today's proven achievers, TALMA anticipates a return on investment in the sphere of influence that an alumni-base of future CEO's, policy makers, politicians, educators and entrepreneurs will have on the world of tomorrow.

 *Megan Rosenthal, 4th Grade General Studies Teacher, is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin concentrating in Advertising and Public Relations; she also completed her studies at the McCombs School of Business at UT. Before she came to Levine Academy, Ms. Rosenthal taught 4th Grade and 1st Grade in Lubbock, Texas. She holds certifications across K-12. Aside from her passion for teaching, she loves to travel, eat delicious food, practice yoga, hike at her favorite destinations, and be with friends and family.