Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2007

Grandmother inspired teacher of the month

November 29, 2007

Mandy Meyer doesn't have a lot of spare time. However, the a kindergarten teacher at Nottingham Elementary School still can fit some humility into her schedule when talking about being named the Eudora Chamber of Commerce's Teacher of the Month for November.

"I was surprised," she said. "I never thought I'd be teacher of the month. Every teacher here is a great teacher, and I didn't know that I was a standout."

Nottingham Principal Jim Lauer said that Meyer is a standout.

"She has done an excellent job in the classroom," he said. "She works great with each and every child in her room, and she's what I would consider one of the leaders of the Kindergarten team. The entire staff can nominate and vote for anybody, and she won it by leaps and bounds."

Meyer, a Kansas State University graduate, is originally from Valley Falls and has spent all of her three years teaching in Eudora USD 491.

"I love it here," she said. "I love teaching and I'm glad I'm in this district. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help. It's just a great district to be in."

Meyer is an assistant volleyball coach at Eudora High School and currently is pursuing a master's degree in school leadership from Baker University.

"During volleyball season, it's a rough part of the year because I never get home (to see my family), but it's very rewarding," she said. "The girls are great, and I couldn't ask for a better group of girls to work with."

She first got into teaching because of her grandmother, as well as a love for children.

"My grandma was a teacher in a one-room school house, and I just remembered her talking about it," Meyer said. "And I love kids, love being around them. And I thought, at the time, 'That's an easy job, you get three months off and weekends are off,' but I was in the wrong there. You still work those three months, and you're still doing something every weekend. But it's very rewarding to see them succeed everyday, or at least try to succeed."

At first, the idea of pursuing a master's degree did not interest her, but upon further investigation, she became interested

"Administrators asked me about it and I said, 'That's not me, I'm just a teacher. I don't want to get into the administration part,'" Meyer said. "But the more I talked to them and the more I looked into it, it seemed like a good deal."

Between post-graduate academics, coaching volleyball and trips home to see her family, a sea change in Meyer's busy way of life is hard to conceive. However, she'd have it no other way.

"I don't think that it's ever going to calm down, but I like staying busy," she said.

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