Meghan Hatch-Geary is an English teacher at Region 16’s Woodland Regional High School and is the 2020 Connecticut Teacher of the Year. Originally from Meriden, CT and a graduate of Maloney High School, Hatch-Geary attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and spent over a decade living and working in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree in Black and Latino studies from Hunter College where she was inspired to traveled overseas, volunteering as a primary school teacher in Ghana and as a community outreach educator in Ecuador. Those experiences had a profound impact, leading her to pursue her graduate degree in education at The University of New Haven.
Beyond the classroom, Hatch-Geary has advised a diverse array of clubs, including The Gay-Straight Alliance, Preserving our Histories, and One Region, One Book. She is a founding member and the advisor of Woodland Worldwide, which promotes social justice, and works to empower students, developing their leadership skills through activism. In 2013 the club received a “Recognition of Excellence” award from The Connecticut Association of Schools for "raising awareness about gender discrimination and media bias, promoting equal access to education for females, advancing leadership and service opportunities, combating gender stereotyping, and working to end human trafficking worldwide."
In 2014, Mrs. Hatch-Geary was named “A Woman to Watch” by the Connecticut Women’s Legal and education Fund (CWEALF) for "demonstrated leadership, potential to excel, and dedication to the community.” In 2020, former CT Commissioner--and now U.S. Secretary of Education--Dr. Miguel Cardona, appointed Hatch-Geary to the state's curriculum writing team for the new Black and Latino studies course, and to the Comprehensive Center Regional Advisory Board where she helps represent CT's education initiatives. Hatch-Geary is also on the CT Teacher of the Year Council where she serves as co-chair to the sub-committee on equity.