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Megan Gross

Special Education Teacher

Del Norte High School, San Diego 

Megan Gross has been a special education teacher for nine years, the last three teaching an autism spectrum disorder special day class at Del Norte High School. There she leads a team of instructional assistants who work on developing unique learning opportunities and experiences for their students.

Her classroom is a place where students feel welcome and can access resources needed to thrive academically and socially. It serves as a home base for her students, providing security and comfort when needed, but also confidence for each student to grow with the rest of their classmates and participate in schoolwide activities.

Under her leadership, her students launched a school-wide campaign to collect socks and blankets for homeless families in their school district and created Valentines for senior citizens in a nearby assisted-living facility.

Greg Mizel, Principal, Del Norte High School, said, “Mrs. Gross has worked diligently to create a positive, inclusive, and productive learning environment for her students. Relational, reflective, humorous, generous with her time, and committed to helping each and every one of her students thrive and succeed, we feel blessed to have her on staff.”

Click here and you'll see why State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson nominated Gross as California’s representative for the National Teacher of the Year competition.