On Monday August 20th 2012 after battling cancer for 2 years, the Ballard community lost a bright star, Megan Vogel. Megan was a born teacher and she brought her enthusiasm for science and her deep compassion for students into her classroom. When asked if she had children Megan would reply, "Yes, 150." In reality Megan had closer to 1000 children over the 11 years she taught in Seattle. Megan organized international trips to show students the wonders of the Amazon and Costa Rica, worked with the Seattle Aquarium and the citizen science program, and planned endless field trips. Megan won numerous awards for teaching including the Symetra hero in the classroom, PTSA outstanding educator, The Puget Sound Maritime educator of the year award, and in 2008 the prestigious KCTS Golden Apple for Excellence in Education award. Megan's former principal, Phil Brockman said of Megan that she had developed a legendary status among students and families at Ballard High School. In addition to Megan's love of education and school she also worked in the music industry and spent many weekends working shows at the Gorge where she enjoyed her love of rock and roll. She will be teaching all of us for years to come. She is survived by her mother Beatrice Vogel, and her brother, Walter Vogel.
A memorial ceremony will be held at the Ballard High School Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. on August 25th. Everyone whose life was touched by Megan is welcome to attend.