Dr. Meghan McBride is a former adult learner who has worked in education since 2007. She currently serves as the vice president for adult education at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, where she has worked since 2018. In this position, she oversees a large program that serves more than 3,000 students annually in adult basic education, corrections, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programs, as well as a testing center that offers the GED® exam and HiSET®.
Meghan is originally from the small town of Moultrie, Georgia, where she earned her GED® in 2000 after dropping out of high school following a series of crisis pregnancies that started when she was just 14 years old. Meghan used her GED® to transform her life trajectory, first by enrolling at a technical college where she completed two diploma programs that allowed her to enter the workforce to support herself and her young children. While working and parenting full-time, she attended Valdosta State University where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (2007), Master of Arts degree in History (2011), and Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction (2018). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development at the University of Georgia.
Having come full circle from teenage mother and high school dropout to completing a doctoral degree and managing an adult education program, Meghan regularly shares her story as evidence of the transformational power of adult education.