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Gradebook podcast: From the classroom to the board room - A Pasco County teacher’s story

Megan Harding knew what it meant to be a teacher. She learned quickly how to translate that into being a School Board member.
Megan Harding takes the oath of office in November 2018 to serve on the Pasco County School Board. [Jeffrey S. Solochek]
Published Jun. 13

Megan Harding began the 2018-19 academic year as a classroom teacher in her Pasco County, Florida, elementary school.

Within four months, she had won a seat on the local School Board.

After having touted herself as best for the job because she understood what goes on in schools, Harding next had to make the transition to policy maker and figure out what exactly that meant.

She quickly became a force on the board, convincing colleagues to stream their meetings online and casting several deciding votes on critical issues.

But Harding acknowledged she still has much to learn as she fulfills her role as an elected representative. She talked about her transition with reporter Jeff Solochek.


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