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East High School Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award from University of Chicago

October 2, 2019 


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Wauwatosa East High School English Teacher Megan Sampson has been selected as a recipient of the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. 


Each year the university invites incoming freshmen students to nominate an educator who has influenced, challenged or helped them in their path of intellectual growth. 


Sampson has taught English Language Arts at East High School since 2010, including Creative Writing, AP Language Composition, College English Study Hall and AP Research. She also serves as an adviser for the student newspaper, The Cardinal News. 


James Nondorf, Dean of Admissions of The University of Chicago says each year they receive letters back from hundreds of students “inspired by teachers who have changed the course of their lives, who taught them to re-imagine texts, to delve deeper into problem-solving, and to think beyond the borders of the classroom in the pursuit of their own education.”


The university recognizes all teachers that are nominated for the distinguished award that has been around for more than 30 years.


“We are hearted to see that your schools foster and support such outstanding individuals,” Nondorf wrote in a letter to Superintendent Phil Ertl. “Our sincerest congratulations to both you and your faculty for the continued support of excellence.”


Sampson has a Bachelors degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary English Education from UW-Milwaukee and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction: English Education with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition from UW-Milwaukee.