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Meredith Conlon

Jan 09, 2017 03:13PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Meredith Conlon

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Day School, Edgewater

Years teaching at St. Andrew’s: 5

Currently teaching: 1st–4th grades

Proudest teaching moment: “Achieving National Board Certification in 2012.”

Teaching philosophy: “If the lesson you teach is not interesting to you, then it won’t be interesting to the children. Find a way to make it engaging, meaningful, and relevant.”

Toughest challenge facing educators: “We are not just teachers. We are counselors, parents, mentors, coaches, nurses, and more. It is hard to balance all of that when we are tasked with making sure the children master the material within the curriculum while also helping them learn important life lessons and being there for them if they have challenges at home. Our job is not just academics anymore. It is also helping the children become successful adults through character education, modeling, and making sure they know we care. Teachers constantly have to continue their own education to make sure they are able to educate the whole child, not just the academic piece. We have to work together with administrators, counselors, parents, and more to provide children with the best education to hopefully instill a love of learning and confidence.”

Meredith Conlon joined the faculty at Saint Andrew’s in the 2012–13 school year and quickly established herself as an outstanding teacher. Meredith teaches first grade, and her classroom is a dynamic, exciting learning center where students joyfully engage in their lessons. Meredith is one of those gifted teachers who manages her classes with warmth, creativity, careful planning, and a passion for teaching. She is also a great collaborator who is always looking for ways to make her teaching better. Meredith’s students love being in her class because it is obvious how much she loves teaching them. One parent, in explaining how sad her son to leave Mrs. Conlon’s class at the end of the remarked, ‘How lucky am I as a parent for that?’ I, too, feel lucky to have Meredith Conlon on our staff at Saint Andrew’s.” — Mark A. Wagner, Head of School

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