It seems like everyone is blogging these days. What are they blogging about? Everything under the sun – mostly things people care very little about. I, however, am hoping that my blog will help out teachers and educators through my shared experiences and problem-solving products. But first, a little background on me.
My name is Meredith. I grew up in Nashville, TN, where I went to an all-girls, Catholic high school. I received an excellent education there, which prepared me well for college. I attended The Ohio State University from 1999-2003 for my undergraduate work, which was a B.S. in Human Ecology. I focused on middle childhood development and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with honors. I then continued my education at The Ohio State University, earning my M. Ed. in Middle Childhood Education. I became certified to teach in the state of Ohio, getting my license in grades 4-9 Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. I did my student teaching in grades 5-6, wrote my master’s thesis while teaching for a month in Concepcion, Chile, and graduated in 2004.
I moved to Tucson, AZ to teach 7th and 8th grade Math, including Algebra I Honors. I taught there for 2 years before moving to Las Vegas, NV to teach 8th-grade pre-Algebra and Algebra I Honors. I married my husband in 2006. In 2007, we moved to Tampa, FL and I began teaching 7th grade Language Arts. I eventually changed to high school and taught 9th, 10th, and 12th grade English, along with a variety of upper-level Reading courses. My Florida teaching certificate is in 6-12 English, 6-12 Math, and 5-9 Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum, with endorsements in ESOL and Gifted.
I gave birth to my son in 2012. Shortly after coming back from maternity leave in 2013, I took a position out of the classroom in administration, coordinating all of the 6-12 English (including electives and ESOL) and Reading (and some CTE courses) assessments for our school district, one of the top 10 largest in the country. I worked closely with teachers and curriculum supervisors to create, analyze, and revise all the assessments given through the district (semester exams, formative assessments, etc.).
For the 2015-2016 school year, I returned to the classroom to teach 7th-grade math (regular, co-teach, and honors). I am so glad to be back in the classroom making a direct impact on students’ achievement and lives. I am also happy that the materials I am now making for my own students can benefit others across the country and world.
I have over a decade of experience in education and it has been a very diverse accumulation of stories and lessons. My hope is that anyone encountering a problem in their classroom will be able to relate to what I share and use my tools to help resolve the issue.
I would encourage all educators who read my blog to visit my TeachersPayTeachers store for resources related to 4-9 Math, 6-12 English, and overall classroom management. My blog entires will be about either certain issues I face(d) and how my products help(ed) me overcome these problems or about how the products were developed and how best to use them. If you encounter an issue I have not addressed and would like me to create something for you, please feel free to contact me.
I am also interested in having guest bloggers and being one for others. Please contact me if you would like more information.
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