About O.W.L. Educational Services
We believe the knowledge one acquires is the key to success in today's world. This is why O.W.L. Educational Services is committed to providing academic support of the highest quality. We help students from all walks of life succeed in the world of academics and beyond. O.W.L. Educational Services works in a manner that best suits your busy schedule.
O.W.L. was launched in 2018 with a focus on being more than just another tutoring company. We work with not only K-12 students, but also adults of all ages. Since our debut, we have worked with families throughout Virginia and nationwide. We also were recognized as a top 5 finalist in The Free Lance-Stars's 2020 Best of the Burg for "Best Tutoring Service."
Owls have long been associated with wisdom. Our name is spelled differently. Why? We believe the wisdom we share helps lead our students towards their goals. Hence our tagline: "Our Wisdom Leads."
ABOUT THE OWNER
Megan Padden-Shin began her educational career nearly fifteen years ago as a college level French and Spanish tutor. She has since taught students from age three through adult in a variety of areas including English, French, Spanish, math, science, and social studies. Padden-Shin has also run several SAT test prep programs over the last decade both in person and online.
Padden-Shin currently owns and operates O.W.L. Educational Services which provides tutoring, academic consulting, and advocacy services for students of all ages. She is also a French and Spanish instructor and the director of school operations at Bon Voyage World Languages Academy.
A native of Massachusetts, Padden-Shin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in education and minors in both French and Spanish from Westfield State University in 2009. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science in Education from Walden University. She holds a post graduate professional license in English along with a TESOL certification.
Professionally, she has presented on pedagogy and learning styles. These have included: “Vocabulary Instruction for Gifted Learners” at the 2017 National Curriculum Network Conference and “Language with the Five Senses” at the 2019 American Association of Teachers of French Conference. Padden-Shin has also presented original written works including a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut entitled “The Fall” at the 2008 Sigma Tau Delta Convention.
Padden-Shin is a member of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the American Independent Business Coalition. She is a proud member of both the American Association of Teachers of French and Kiwanis of Fredericksburg. In 2019, she began serving on the board of directors for Kiwanis of Fredericksburg.
She is a member of several honor societies including: Sigma Tau Delta, Golden Key, and the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi). She was also recognized in 2009 as a “Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty” for her work in creating and implementing an SAT reading and writing class for high school students in Western Massachusetts.