Megan Hamilton

Coordinator of Civic Engagement Projects Appalachian Center for Civic Life

Megan is originally from the Atlanta, Georgia area. Upon graduating from Columbus State University with a B.F.A in theatre performance, she made her way to Abingdon, VA to work as a Barter Player at Barter Theatre. Eventually, Megan’s theatre work took her to New England where she worked for multiple theatre companies as an actress and director as well as became a personal trainer to help pay the bills. 

In 2011, Megan came back to Abingdon, VA to develop a new educational outreach program called Barter Theatre’s Project REAL. As a teaching artist, she worked with many public schools, government services, non-profits, and businesses using theatre tools to help teach curriculum as well as delve into the human experience to address social issues. This work allowed her to really connect with the Southwest Virginia community. During this time, she also taught the Core 100 and Foundations class as adjunct faculty at Emory and Henry College.

After leaving Barter Theatre in 2019, her passion led her to join the youth success team at United Way of Southwest Virginia where she worked with 19 school districts in SWVA connecting the worlds of work to the worlds of learning. That role allowed her to create paid Summer internship experiences for high school students across the region. 

Her love of education and this region lead her to run for a seat on the Washington County School Board. Megan has been on the school board since January 2020.

In Megan’s spare time, she loves to hike and paddle board with her husband and two dogs. She is also an avid yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher. Through her spiritual practice, she is able to tap into her most important values, which are human connection and spiritual growth.


B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University

M.A. in Liberal Studies from East Tennessee State University

I can help with:

Connecting community organizations to student’s learning objectives and curriculum

Integrating civic engagement opportunities into faculty’s curriculum

Create project based learning opportunities for students

Provide professional development on social/emotional learning, mindfulness, trauma informed teaching, and project based learning

“Be excellent to each other.” Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Contact Info

30461 Garnand Drive Emory, Virginia 24327


Appalachian Center for Civic Life (Collins House)