Meet Ms. Meyer: Academic Dean and Lead Teacher

Hiking in Bergen, Norway during my year of travel - I love a good mountaintop breeze!

Hiking in Bergen, Norway during my year of travel – I love a good mountaintop breeze!

Ms. Meyer grew up in Randolph, Vermont, gaining a deep appreciation for the value of community and service in the close-knit small town. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colby College before moving to Marvell, Arkansas as a Teach For America corps member teaching Biology and Chemistry. Ms. Meyer then moved to Boston and continued teaching Biology and Chemistry at The Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School. After earning her M.Ed. in School Leadership from Harvard University, Ms. Meyer returned to Vermont, serving as Principal of Calais Elementary School. Most recently, Ms. Meyer took a year to travel and spend a little more time with family.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose Alma because of the happiness and purpose I saw in classrooms when visiting. I also have a strong commitment to community service and developing citizenship, so Alma’s mission of creating service-minded leaders was an especially good fit. Finally, I am really excited about my specific role as it holds the opportunity to dig into teaching and learning in the primary grades – I know I can learn volumes from the work of Alma crews past and present.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute positivity and a humble, fresh set of eyes.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal for my first year at Alma is to form positive, individual relationships with scholars, families, and colleagues while also deepening my knowledge of curriculum and instruction in the primary grades.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

Two high school teachers: Mr. Ennis, Social Studies, and Mr. Brukardt, Biology, taught me to put forth my very best effort to learn as much and think as deeply as possible. Through individual conversations and rigorous coursework, they pushed me to research challenging, complex topics, to learn from and draw connections among a variety of sources, and to focus on working to do my best rather than working to get good grades.

Why did you become involved in education?

I suppose I first got involved in education when I became a mentor at the age of 14. At that age, I already recognized that educational opportunities and outcomes were not equal for all children and I thought that becoming a mentor might help at least one child get a leg up. I always knew my career would be about making the world a better place for children and, with college graduation looming, I decided Teach For America would be a great way to serve a new community and see if education was the right arena for me. Ten years later, the education shoe still fits!

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to Colby College in Waterville, Maine. I loved everything about my college, especially the relationships with professors and classmates that the small classes facilitated. I also really appreciated the volunteer opportunities we had in Waterville and the increasing efforts of the college to partner with the former mill town.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is cold cereal. If it were a healthy plan, I would eat cereal for every meal.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is my family’s camp on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. I have many great childhood memories of misadventures with my cousins in a pretty magical place. Even as an adult, it doesn’t quite feel like summer until I’ve gone for an early morning kayak with the seals, picked blueberries on a hike in Acadia National Park, and dug for clams by the dock.

 

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