Megan Atencia, ELA
With degrees in English Literature, Global Health, and Spanish, Megan Atencia has built a career out of using literature to inspire, engage, and enable young people. Ms. Atencia believes that everyone has a curiosity and a passion, but also that neither of those things can change the world. Instead, Ms. Atencia operates under the philosophy that curiosity and passion change people, and people change the world. It is in this mindset that she has worked both internationally and in the local community in a variety of capacities: promoting health education and wellness through mindfulness, yoga, and body-mind-spirit practices, improving mental health using spoken word poetry in therapeutic and community settings, designing spoken English courses for students studying English abroad, and guiding capacity building and project design for nonprofits.
At South Pointe High School, Ms. Atencia applies all of this background knowledge and experience to improve life chances for all learners through a total success model: mentoring students to build personal success, career success, academic success, and social success. Ms. Atencia is dedicated to ensuring that all SPHS students achieve total success in order to overcome the barriers set before them and therefore improving success within the South Phoenix community.
When she's not at SPHS, you can find Ms. Atencia crocheting, re-watching Studio Ghibli films, and eating banana pancakes.