December Teacher Q+A- Dr. McEwen

Dr. McEwen

The Q+A- one student, one teacher, each month. This month we sat down with science teacher Dr. Megan McEwen.

Conducted by Leigh Jacobson
Spotlight Editor

Common misconception about teachers:

I honestly had no idea students spent any time and/or energy speculating about teachers.

Most creative gift, given or received:

When I was a waitress in New York, a friend of mine from college came in for dinner.  When the check came, he found out he didn’t have enough money for a tip.  He was so embarrassed, and started digging around in his pockets looking for something.  He came back with a brand new can of rare, Portuguese-spiced sardines.  I still have no idea why he was carrying them around on a Friday night.

Movie you’ve seen the most:

Lady From Shanghai, All About Eve, or When We Were Kings

Book you’ve read most:

I re-read James Joyce’s Ulysses every summer.

Fictional character you identify with:

It depends on the day.  Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot like Ignatius J. Reilly.

Obsolete item you won’t trash:

Our two-year-old’s onesie from when she was newborn.  A friend made it for us with the Lou Reed quotation on it: “Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.”

What you wanted to be at age 10:


Student pet peeve:


Procrastination technique:

Filling out questionnaires 😉

Secret hobby:

Ever since high school, my friends and I have secretly been what we call “closet domestics.”  It just means that we secretly love puttering around the house (cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc.).

Favorite historical figure:

I know I should say someone more venerable or scientific, but the truth is that I will always watch/read/listen to anything by or about William S. Burroughs.  I am a sucker for a good sound byte, after all.

Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere:

The triptych my grandmother painted of still life in various stages of abstraction. 

Movie star you always wanted to be:

I honestly never really wanted to be any of them.  Except maybe for George Clooney, since he’s got a gorgeous villa in Italy and an adorable pet pig.

Favorite gadget:

All my favorites are low-tech and culinary-related.  I have an extensive collection of microplanes and whisks.

Topic you love but won’t discuss at a party:

My research.  There is no better conversation-killer in the world than telling someone you study ultra-high energy particle astrophysics, regardless of how accessible it actually is.

The last meal you had:

Garbanzo and tomato tagine.

Funniest English word:


Most memorable teaching experience:

My first day.  I was so nervous to meet the students, I brought them cookies to break the ice.

Most-visited website, why:

I used to read all news from everywhere, but it started depressing me.  I stick to Project Rungay [blog] now.

Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show:

Arrested Development

Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk:

My stash of snacks.

Have any suggestions  for next month’s Q+A? Contact Leigh Jacobson at [email protected].