Meg Kaster

English Teacher


Acceptance into the Masters of Library and Information Studies program

at the University of Wisconsin Madison


2009 - 2013

Bachelor of Arts 

College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, Minnesota

  • Majored in Communication Arts and Literature    
  • Minored in Education and Music
  • Magna Cum Laude graduate
  • Dean's List: 5 semesters
  • Earned the Presidential Scholarship

Study Abroad 

College of Saint Benedict via University College Cork

Cork, Ireland 

  • Studied abroad in Cork, Ireland for spring semester
  • Independently traveled Ireland and Europe
  • Explored Irish culture with international students and professors

Work History

Work History
Nov 2015 - Present

Library Page

Deerfield Public Library

Deerfield, Wisconsin

  • Connect patrons with materials that further their educational and literacy needs
  • Assist in the implementation of programs for toddlers and teens such as story time and guest author appearances
  • Write book reviews which are posted to the library's social media
  • Check in and out various materials
  • Greet patrons and facilitate their needs
Aug 2014 - Present

Secondary English Teacher

Deerfield High School

Deerfield, Wisconsin

  • Facilitate learning of ninth and tenth graders using culturally diverse resources
  • Incorporate contemporary novels and college level critical theory in an upper level elective
  • Adapt lessons to be taught online through Canvas, a learning management system
  • Utilize Chromebooks daily to incorporate student driven research and writing.
  • Introduce critical theories such as Marxist, Formalist, Feminist, Psychoanalytical, and Postcolonial theories to analyze texts. 
  • Facilitate discussion of plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet; incorporate a major research paper on A Raisin in the Sun
  • Develop units on novels including Room, The Girl with All the Gifts, Bel Canto, Speak, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, and The Lord of the Flies.
  • Cultivate open minded students through leadership of two new student clubs: the Gender Sexuality Alliance and Club Unify, a Special Olympics affiliated organization.
Aug 2013 - Aug 2013

Secondary English Teacher

Red Rock Central

Lamberton, Minnesota

  • Facilitated learning of seventh, eighth, and ninth graders, including units on grammar, drama, poetry, speech, writing, and literature
  • Utilized students' Microsoft Surface tablets in lessons on a regular basis to enhance learning environment and student technological fluency
  • Directed exploration of dramas The Diary of Anne Frank, A Christmas Carol, and Romeo and Juliet through all-class oral reading, discussion, and final creative projects
  • Developed students' writing skills through daily writing, multiple essays, and a major research paper
  • Taught and facilitated discussion of the novels Divergent, Among the Hidden, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
  • Developed students' understanding of poetry elements and genres through reading and writing forms, including musical connections
Jan 2013 - Mar 2013

Teacher Intern

ROCORI High School

Cold Spring, Minnesota

  • Fostered student learning of tenth graders in their literature and composition based English course
  • Assisted twelfth graders in composing college level literary analyses
  • Developed a literary analysis unit plan on Of Mice and Men
  • Worked one-on-one with students to enrich the writing process for research papers and literary analyses
  • Taught and facilitated discussion of Julius Caesar and The Outsiders
  • Implemented multiple classroom management styles
  • Participated in Parent-Teacher conferences, teacher in-services and interdisciplinary meetings
Aug 2010 - Jan 2012

Writing Center Tutor

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University 

St. Joseph, Minnesota

  • Collaborated with student writers to enhance their writing and improve future writing skills
  • Assisted students of all levels including graduate students
  • Edited various styles of writing including MLA and APA format, research papers, lab reports, thesis essays, and graduate level papers
  • Scheduled 27 employees into small groups to lead sessions in 50 first year seminar classes on two campuses
  • Redesigned and organized Writing Center web page with the graphic user interface, Ingeniux
Aug 2009 - Jul 2012

Practicum Teacher

Various classrooms and grades in St. Cloud and the Twin Cities area
  • Observed a variety of teachers and taught various lessons to further explore my personal teaching style and educational philosophy
  • Developed lessons and unit plans to implement in the classroom