Dr. Megan-Brette Hamilton is an educator, a speaker, a paradigm shifter, a disrupter.
She received her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University, her MA in Hearing and Speech Science from the University of MD and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois.
At Auburn, she teaches courses on child and adolescent language disorders and clinical problem solving for school-age populations. Prior to academia, Dr. Hamilton worked as an SLP for 10 years in Brooklyn, New York where the majority of her caseload consisted of African American and Hispanic children. During this time, she worked in 15 different schools with children from preschool to 21 years of age, working extensively with administrators, teachers, parents, and other professionals in a team-based approach.
Currently, her research focuses on the classroom/educational and clinical experiences of speakers of nonmainstream dialects of English, with a particular focus on African American English-speaking children and adults. Her passion lies in exploring the intersection of culture, language/dialect, communication, and literacy. Dr. Hamilton’s work also focuses on the cultural-linguistic competence of professionals and students working with culturally-linguistically diverse populations such as teachers, SLPs, and librarians.
For more information on culture and language, visit her website www.honeybeeconnection.com.
Like many of us, Dr. Hamilton has defined herself with many different identities.
If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. – Audre Lorde
Dr. Hamilton also has a background in acting and hosting. She lived in France for a semester during her undergraduate years and acted in two plays, both in French. This reignited the acting bug that had always been in her since she was a child. Dr. Hamilton then moved to Los Angeles for a bit after college and took a stab at acting before returning to school for her masters. While living in New York, she hosted the Brooklyn Cable shows Neighborhood Beat: Red Hook and Neighborhood Beat: Prospect Heights. Currently, she works with the Lee County Literacy Coalition as a tutor and is in the process of creating a YouTube channel to promote the organization’s outreach and mission, stay tuned for more!
She has spent most of her life (over 25 years) volunteering with youth via Big Brothers Big Sisters programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, New York Cares programs, mentoring, and tutoring in math and literacy.
Originally from Silver Spring, MD, she has lived in many parts of the United States and has traveled all over the world (6 continents to be exact). Some of her favorite places have been the South of France, Tibet, Namibia, Peru, and any city on the water. One of her favorite parts of traveling is meeting new people from all different racial, ethnic, linguistic, dialectal, and regional backgrounds and hearing and learning from their unique personal stories.
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. – Audre Lorde
Dr. Hamilton now lives in Opelika, AL with her husband, a military veteran and full timer in the Army National Guard, their beautiful son, and their rescued boxer/pitt bull mix Huggs. They are enjoying living in a home with its own unique southern charm. In her downtime, she enjoys walking with her son and Huggs, spending time with her family, and can be seen practicing her almost-lost-but-not-forgotten skills of speaking French, playing the piano, and walking on her hands.