November 2015: Amanda Sammons Meadows ‘04
Amanda Sammons Meadows ’04 was recently recognized as one of two RESA I Exemplary Educators for 2015. Raleigh County's (WV) Amanda Sammons Meadows teaches kindergarten at Bradley Elementary School. Meadows has a BS in elementary education and a master's degree in reading from Concord University. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2010, and won the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award in 2013. Meadows, who has been teaching for eight years, has known that she wanted to be an educator since she was 10 years old and tagged along with her father to a shelter for abused women, where he worked with the student residents of the shelter. She said her rewards come daily as she sees the looks on her students' faces as they accomplish something they didn't realize they could do. She provides "hands on" activities related to the 100th Day of School, Kindergarten Boot Camp (taught by a member of the military for Veterans Day) and the marriage ceremony of "Q" and "U." Meadows said the most important thing she does for her students is to believe in them and love them.
Congratulations Amanda on receiving this recognition!