Megan Hayes-Golding

learns and observes



I am a middle and high school teacher with 10 years of experience in the classroom. Additionally, I have 8 years of experience in engineering and the IT industry. My specialties in the classroom include integrating hands-on technology learning and creating exciting standards-based tasks.

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Certification Status

I am fully certified at the T-5 level in Mathematics (6-12) and Physics (6-12) in Georgia.


Physics Teacher

June 2012 – present The Westminster Schools

  • Physics — I teach physics to freshmen in a Physics First context.
  • Advisor — My advisee group will stay with me for three years.
  • Technology specialist – I assist colleagues in integrating tech into their courses & evaluate classroom tech.
  • FIRST Robotics coach, Jewish student group advisor, and LGBT affinity group co-advisor.

Math Teacher

June 2009 – June 2012 Clarkston High School

  • Mathematics 1 (9th grade, contains parts of Algebra 1 and Geometry) and Mathematics 2 (10th grade, contains parts of Algebra 2 and Geometry).
  • Accelerated Physics (11th and 12th grades) including science fair.
  • Boys’ Junior Varsity Soccer Coach & Muslim Student Association Advisor.

Instructor & IT Coordinator
August 2004 – June 2009 Chrysalis Experiential Academy

  • Trigonometry & Pre-calculus, Geometry, Pre-algebra, Physics, Programming, Systems Administration, Digital Imaging, and others.
  • Passed GACE content area tests for Mathematics I & II
  • Named an 11 Alive Class Act Teacher for 2008
  • Created “Physics of Superheroes” curriculum.
  • Earned Microsoft Certified Professional with the Windows XP exam, 70-270 in summer 2006.
  • Subject areas: Technology, physics, math for middle and high school.
  • Create curriculum for technology education. Classes range from keyboarding for middle school students through programming and system administration for high school students with an emphasis on connections between technology and other course work.
  • Managed an IT infrastructure of 100 users, 30 computers, and a Microsoft server.

Technical writer, interactive marketer and quality assurance
Jun. 2000 – Apr. 2004 SecureWorks, Inc

  • Webmaster: Maintained Major update in 2004 doubled referrals from Google in less than a month. Handed off about 20 sales inquiries per month generated by the website. Created an RSS feed to highlight new content (real content, not promotional stuff) that brought in about 100 visitors per month.
  • Editor: Published Security Briefing e-newsletter. Added 3000 subscribers, published eight custom versions per month, and generated about five sales leads each month. Issues averaged about 5% of readers click through on a link, with a high of 15%. Gave away lead stories to other publications for increased exposure.
  • Edited and contributed to the Zero Effect security blog. Managed a blogging team of five.
  • Managed e-mail marketing program. In compliance with CAN-SPAM legislation, I marketed only to those who’ve opted in to SecureWorks lists (about 1000 marketing suspects). Response rates averaged 5%. I designed all creative, wrote the copy, and delivered the mails.
  • Quality Assurance: Tested an in-house Linux security appliance and web configuration interface. Developed test cases, managed their execution.
  • Technical Writer: Created end user, software process, and internal training documentation.

Engineer, trainer, technical writer
Dec. 1996-Jun. 2000 DVT Corp.

  • Writer: First technical writer hired by company. Designed and produced printed and electronic documentation. Much writing still in use.
  • Trainer: Designed and taught online and in person, thebulk of which is still in use.
  • Application Solver: Worked with customers to automate inspection of manufactured goods. Learned about PLC programming, sensors, and manufacturing lines.
  • User interface designer: Suggested user interface enhancements.


Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics

December 2009 Georgia State University

  • 3.85 GPA
  • Outstanding Graduate
  • Jerry Robbins Scholarship
  • TEEMS After Dark student: simultaneously teaching and attending State full-time

Bachelor of Materials Engineering
August 1996 Auburn University

  • 3.4 GPA in Materials Engineering
  • Graduated with honors; named the department’s Outstanding Student
  • Taught physics lab courses while in the undergraduate program (a rare occurrence)
  • Earned the top score in Technical Writing course as a senior
  • Coordinated a summer engineering program for minority high school students


Operating Systems: Windows (MCP on XP), Linux, Unix

Desktop Software: Microsoft Office, Quark Xpress, Adobe InDesign, OpenOffice, Visio

Development Tools: CVS, bash shell, DocBook

Web Related: Apache, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Photoshop, Gimp

Business: Website search engine optimization, usability, e-mail marketing, QA

Industry Knowledge: Internet security, mechanical drawing (CAD), education, factory automation

This page last updated on February 22, 2010.

4 thoughts on “Resume

  1. Interesting batch of experience and accomplishments.

    Posted a comment, by now hours ago, to your FreeMind blog article, turned to a MacBook for a brief video iChat, opened Parallels Desktop and did some database programming in Windows, did some work in Fedora Core, noticed I was still on your site, belatedly posted this!

    Take care and keep up the good work.


  2. You have a very interesting resume. I am also considering a career change into education. I am in the process of creating my career change resume. I also passed the GACE Basic Skills Assessment, but I am pending completion of the Content Assessment as I am not quite sure what area I would love best. Did you have any difficulty making the transition into teaching? Were you able to get hired without being fully certified. Do you have any advice for me? I also reside in Atlanta, GA. If possible, please respond to my email address Thank you and good luck on your career endeavors.

  3. I’m a certified middle school math teacher at Georgia.I would like to get certified in high school math now. Could you please give me some idea about how to prepare for gace test for content assessment for high school math. If you dont mind please repond to me to my Email

  4. Tom: The single best bit of advice I can give you is to use the GACE-provided study guide. If you are really confident with the guide and accompanying practice test, you’ll do fine on the real one. I don’t remember any surprises.

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