Megan Cronan ’05 attended ACDS from the 4-year-old program through 8th grade. After attending Presentation High School, she graduated from Santa Clara University in 2013 with a degree in civil engineering. She is a Professional Engineer (PE) and received the American Public Works Emerging Leader Award. Megan currently works as a senior civil engineer for HMH, a land development and engineering company in San Jose. Megan was the project civil engineer on the Westfield Valley Fair mall expansion. She was recently selected as the project manager for the VTA Phase II Bart Extension, which includes, among other things, four stations and a five mile tunnel.
Megan’s favorite ACDS tradition was the Fund Run (which she thought for years was called the "Fun Run"), initially because she loved running with her big buddy, and then later with her little buddy. Running eventually turned into a lifelong love for her.
She also loved the middle school dances but will never forget having to be lured out of the bathroom by a teacher during the Halloween dance because she was terrified of the clown who stood at the entrance.
Megan will always appreciate the relationship that she forged with Mrs. SooHoo, her fourth-grade teacher, who was fun, encouraging, and supportive throughout her time at ACDS. When mentoring new engineers, Megan thinks about how Mrs. Soohoo gave her the self-esteem and self-understanding to properly represent herself and her career accomplishments. Drama also played a big role in her development. Megan says that as a shy student, being in Mrs. Curtis's plays every year helped her develop her public speaking skills and learn how to be collaborative and take risks.
Her advice to current ACDS students is to take advantage of all of the opportunities available and to try different electives because you may discover something new to like, or a hidden skill. She encourages prospective parents to send their students to ACDS. Megan says that she has fond memories and was well-prepared for high school.