Testimonials

 

“Megan worked with my son for almost three and a half years. She started working with him when he was in second grade and worked with him until about the middle of fifth grade. He had difficulty with short-term memory, vocabulary, decoding, recalling sounds and ideas. Megan taught my son strategies which helped him tremendously.  She worked collaboratively with my son’s teachers and with his reading tutor. Because of the support and strategies Megan taught my son, he was able to stay in a rigorous independent school in NYC. I will be forever grateful for all the strategies and support she gave my son and me.”

~B. (Brooklyn, NY)

Megan Brette Hamilton worked with our son for 2 years.    She was a pleasure to work with.   She was extremely competent, motivated, generous and creative in her work with our son.  Megan actively involved and collaborated with our son in forming goals, objectives and designing strategies so that their work always felt like a partnership between them.  She also regularly consulted with his teachers and us seeking feedback regarding progress and remaining issues.  We would recommend her unequivocally for work with children in any related therapy, educational or research role.

~W. and A. (Brooklyn, NY)

From Z, now age 12 (age 8-9 at time of speech therapy work with Megan):

I liked working with Megan very much.   She was very patient, never getting agitated if there was something I was having trouble with.   She also had a great sense of humor which made working with her a lot of fun.   She had good strategies for helping me feel more comfortable asking questions of my teacher if I needed more direction, and strategies to say what I meant in a clearer way.  

~Z. (Brooklyn, NY)

“Thank you for coming today and giving your spare time for us.  I enjoyed learning about your life and what you did.  I think travel all over the world is so cool.  You inspire me to do the same thing.  Thank you for teaching me sometimes you have to be uncomfortable.  You have a life full with excitement.”

~Generation high school student (Brooklyn, NY)

Thank you for coming in and entertaining us and for teaching us about a few things.  Thank you for telling us about your life, it was very interesting.  It was fun having you here, you brighten up the morning for us and I thought it was very exciting.  Hearing about the different places you’ve visited.  Cause of what you said I’m going to take more chances and step out of my comfort zone.  I want to thank you for everything you did and what you shared with us.  Thank you.”

~Generation high school student (Brooklyn, NY)

I would like to thank you for coming into my class today and teaching my class the importance of college.  During your visit to my class I have learned that you must have a back-up plan, its good to explore life, and that life doesn’t have any limits when it comes to learning new things.  You have inspired me to see the world and “make myself uncomfortable.”  So thank you for showing me what needs to be done in order to have a successful and entertaining life.”

~Generation high school student (Brooklyn, NY)

“Thank you for coming today to talk to our class.  Apart from the fact that I was late, I learned a lot and was persuaded to do my best.  I can tell you mean what you say about first and last impressions.  From observing your attire, to the way you conducted your presentation spoke out to me.  I also admire your ability of connecting to the class.  I want a career as a technical director and I realize that I have a lot of work to do from what you said.  Anyway, thank you again for everything and hopefully I will be working with you.” 

~Generation high school student (Brooklyn, NY)

“Ms. Hamilton, I thank you for all your help.  One of the things I am thankful for is the advice you gave us.  I am happy you got everyone attention in your stories.  Finally I thank you for showing us you can do more than one career at the same time.  It is nice to know while you’re getting an education you can travel and have fun.  One specific piece of advice that I will take is to explore life.  I will take that advice more than others because I am always in the house.  I was also inspired to get my education.  I w ill take that advice because everything happens around a great education.  I will end this with a thank you and hope you come again.” 

~Generation high school student (Brooklyn, NY)

“Thank you for telling us about yourself and telling us about keep growing, figure out your strengths, and think 3 step ahead.”

~Generation high school student (Brooklyn, NY)

“Your enthusiasm made your presentation so much greater.  It’s a topic you actually care about so listening was much more interesting because you could tell that this was something important to you.  I especially liked that you could tell us stories of your experiences that were perfect examples of what you were talking about.  I’m actually tempted to switch from engineering into a track involved w/ these kinds of things.”

~UIUC undergraduate student

“I think you were an amazing speaker and I wouldn’t change a thing.”                                                       

~UIUC undergraduate student

“I loved this lecture.  It’s been my favorite by far, in every class all year.  Great Job!”                                

~UIUC undergraduate student

“AMAZING! Very funny, kept the class interesting.  I now want to be a SLP!”                                            

~UIUC undergraduate student

“My favorite guest lecture so far. Very entertaining and informative!”

~UIUC undergraduate student

“You did a very good job! I was engaged the whole time and I was intrigued by your stories and experience and knowledge.  Come back!”

~UIUC undergraduate student

“You did a great job!  I loved your energy and enthusiasm and you engaged the class!”                            

~UIUC undergraduate student

“I found your presentation to be extremely helpful.  I am an undeclared sophomore searching desperately for a future career and your presentation has me in love with SLP.  Keep telling your stories.”                           

~UIUC undergraduate student

“I thought the lecture was great!  I was kept engaged the entire time and your personal examples and stories really helped with the understanding of some key points.  You seemed confident and very knowledgeable in this area.  I love how you are so passionate about you work and the kids you work with! Thanks.”

~UIUC undergraduate student

“The personal stories help drive the information home!  The lecture was interesting, engaging, and I felt your passion and enthusiasm!”

~UIUC undergraduate student

Translating Research and Experiences to Teachable Moments for Youth: Engaging adolescents in your local Community: Presenter Megan-Brette;

Megan-Brette Hamilton is very knowledgeable in terms of applying her career experiences and translating them into teachable moments for her peers interested in working with you in various contexts. I had the pleasure of listening to her speak at a lunch and learn series that as the vice president of the Black Graduate Student Association hosts once a month on the U of I campus. The month’s theme was “translating research and experiences to teachable moments for youth: engaging youth in your local community”. Her insight in working with black students in the educational realm in New York provided an insider prospective. It opened our eyes to the struggles we as students may experience when working in environments that are not necessarily conducive to the multiple learning styles that African American youth need in order to reach their full potential. Her presentation demonstrated her love for her work and how it has driven her to take on the rigors of the academy. Her joy in discussing her experiences and successes early in her career ignited the eyes of those in the room passionate about working with youth and motivation to continue those pursuits.  I admire her drive and look forward to hearing her speak more.

K.K., MPH

VP-BGSA UIUC

2013

 

I was quite casual when I registered for the brown bag event on Thursday, October 17, 2013 of “Translating your Research to Teachable Moments for Youth” from U of I Grad links. May be I was eager to visit Bruce Nesbit African American Cultural Center once or wanted to witness grad students from an under-represented community in action, I don’t know. But what I learned changed my perspective.

I am an international grad student of Bioinformatics at U of I. The strongest link I had in the back of my mind with the topic was probably as a concerned parent of a 3T girl and 6M lad. Raising kids in a different culture was always a big question mark for me and I guess I wanted to equip myself with all the information that can give me a pre-emptive edge, you know, to handle it before things start to get out of hands.

Megan’s was one of three presentations I was lucky to attend that day. While the others were beautiful, Megan’s was tranquil. It was icing on top of whatever I had absorbed in parent teacher conferences before. Most impactful aspect of Megan’s talk was sharing of true stories and her practical experiences. You can get a lot of theories else where but hearing it from the mouth of someone who actually made a difference in lives of more than one was phenomenal. The awe-inspiring and life-turning lessons she described so eloquently prepare you to devise a mould that can turn raw gold into jewelery. The after taste was for life time and its awesome.

I hope you get a chance to listen to Megan’s stories and when you do, try to look from her eyes. Focus every ounce of empathy you’ve got to feel what she felt. Learn what it really means when they say: “Talk with people at their own level”. Little people Megan dealt with didn’t may be have a level. She improvised one for them. So should we for our little ones.

All the best for your bundle of joys.

M. F.A.

Graduate Student and Parent

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign