Meredith Shinners has beet teaching at DVFS since 2011. She has spent over 80% of her career teaching students who learn differently. Meredith teaches language arts, social studies and English in our middle school program. She is also a student advisor, middle school service coordinator, faculty advisor to the school's literary magazine, and chaperones many of our after school social activities.
Q: Why do you like teaching at DVFS?
I love the people of DV. As soon as you walk through the door, you can feel the loving atmosphere that all of the faculty, staff, students, and parents have created. It's a very happy place to be.
Q: What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I love bringing fun and humor into the classroom. When you allow a sense of playfulness in class, students forget that learning is supposedly not for them. As they shed their academic stigmas, they become true learners and realize that they are indeed capable of not only learning but enjoying the process along the way.
Q: How do your other roles at the school provide a different perspective?
It's great to be able to have fun with students outside of an academic setting during club meetings and after school activities. It allows me to get to know the students better and allows the students to know me as a real person and not just their teacher.