Megan Dobson Cudahy

Who is your hero?

Bobby Kennedy.

What musician would you most like to see perform in your living room?

Jake Owen!  But we’d be outside having a barefoot blue-jean night!

It’s 9pm on a Saturday in Portland.  Where might we find you?

Is it snowing? Government Camp, Oregon!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a teacher, and here I am! I will confess to a 4th grade aspiration to play high school football, though…Probably a good thing that didn’t work out.

What I do…

I am on the Advisory Council after serving as Board President in 2012 and 2013.  I teach 8th grade Language Arts at Hood River Middle School, a place full of awesome people, innovative teaching and a lot of fun learning! I am a board member of the Carolyn Foundation in Minneapolis, MN. Over the last five years, I have taught at SEI Academy, a nonprofit organization in North Portland, OR that supports at-risk urban youth, and at Athey Creek M.S. in West Linn, OR.  I co-founded Saturday Academy’s BrainGames fundraising event.

Volunteering with Levé provides me with a unique opportunity to engage in nonprofit work in our community and connect it back to work that I do in the classroom. In 2010, I was honored to receive the Bank of America Local Hero Award for my work starting a Community Engagement program at Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn, Oregon. Really my students and Levé deserved the award. Following the Levé model, my students researched, inquired, deliberated and finally donated their time and resources to local nonprofits that they decided needed them the most. Assisted by Levé volunteers, our class completed over 500 hours of community service and raised over $4,000, all in one semester!  It was a thrilling learning experience for all of us.

I graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in History and Women’s Studies and from the Lewis & Clark College of Education and Counseling with a Master of Arts in Teaching.


About Megan

Member Since: 2008

Role: Advisory Council Member