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Meet Our Faculty
Ms. Megan Catalfamo
Title(s) Director of Service and Experiential Learning
Degree(s) B. A., Dickinson College
From the moment I stepped on campus in 2001, I have felt the warm embrace of the Highland community. It is my hope that through the Experiential and Service Learning programs, each student feels welcomed, appreciated, and inspired to bring their best to the school and greater community. I believe that there's no better fix for a challenging day than a little time in the woods, putting one foot in front of the other on a steep trail, watching the sunlight filtered through the tree tops. Top that off with a Nutella/trail mix pita and all is righted again, if not in the world, at least in the mind. At Dickinson College, while studying Sociology, I developed a fascination for the study of people, social constructs, the influence of groups on personal identity, and the impact of race, class and gender on perceptions and opportunities. Afterwards, during a three-year stint with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, I loved living and serving in communities across the central United States, building trails, teaching incarcerated youth, providing flood relief, and a range of other projects. But mostly, I loved working alongside and leading diverse groups of young people, who were energized, talented in many different ways, and willing to step out of their comfort zones to learn about and help others, while also developing their own strengths. At Highland, I am honored with work with our students to develop their leadership potential through engagement in their areas of passion and interest. And I don't mind dragging them out to the woods to enjoy a few days of a simpler existence, swapping the burdens of ordinary school life for a pack loaded with the bare (or bear, depending on who else is on the trail with us!) essentials.