Ms. Meredith's Bio

Hey, I'm Naomi Meredith. You might know me as Marvelous Ms. Meredith. It's o.k. to call me Naomi though.
While I wasn’t born in Colorado, I would still call it my stomping grounds. {I am actually currently teaching in the school district I grew up in!} Ever since Kindergarten, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher; thus it’s so exciting that my childhood dream has come true! As the oldest of 5 kids, I was basically always in a teaching position.
I am a graduate from the University of Colorado Denver. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Elementary Education. Likewise, I earned my K-6 teaching license upon completing my B.A.
Since teaching has always been my passion, I’ve had a lot of experience working with kids. I began taking on babysitting jobs for friends and family. My first official job was making smoothies at Jamba Juice. Their fruit and juice is legit in case you were wondering. Towards the end of high school, I was a pre-K teacher at a preschool.
During my junior year of college, I was a student-teacher in a 4th grade classroom. My mentor teacher was so cute and loved how I decorated bulletin boards so she would have me decorate them each month {and slip me $20 every time, even though I tried to always give it back to her.}
My senior year of college consisted of my student teaching at for 3rd, Kindergarten and 1st grade.  During those years, I also worked at a golf course to make some cash. Yes, I was the girl who drove the drink cart around. Talk about a killer tan on the left side of my body! That was super fun. And paid for the majority of my college tuition.
After graduating, I was hired at my second student-teaching school and taught 2nd grade for two years. This was a high-needs, Title 1 school where all of the students received free and reduced lunch.
Teaching at a school like this sure has its ups and downs. The kids have so much love in their hearts and soak up love equally as much. There was an immense lack of resources that met my students’ needs and A LOT of time was put into creating those for them.
I always knew I wanted a business at a young age. I was the kid who didn’t JUST have a lemonade stand; I had a snow-cone stand with 30 flavors and lemonade was a flavor you could get! I felt like my TeachersPayTeachers store was something that could possibly be a stepping stone to my other dream of having a store.
Once I had my first year of teaching under my belt, I opened up my first TeachersPayTeachers store to sell some of those resources. Looking back on what I created….boy, what a mess! Great content, but a design mess. #hugelearningcurveoverhere
After three years of being at that school, I knew that I needed a change. I started applying for jobs everywhere. The new school I really had my heart set on had golden retriever puppy dogs on the homepage of their website. I didn’t have a golden retriever, but I think they are cute and I HAD to work there. Long story short, I got hired on as a 3rd grade teacher.
I taught four years in 3rd grade and loved it! What a fun age to teach. Through that, I’ve come to discover that I always love to help other teachers and talk about, well, teaching.

I was lucky enough to be in a school that developed into being 1:1. Through that, I learned ways to effectively integrate technology with students to enhance their learning. I wanted to take my knowledge to an ever bigger scale and influence more students. I applied and was hired at a different elementary school as a Kindergarten-5th grade STEM teacher. I now get to teach almost 600 kids an 70 teachers a month!
I love using technology in meaningful ways with kids and I am so comfortable using it. I also realized that sometimes it’s hard to find others who have the same comfortability with technology, so that’s why the view of my TeachersPayTeachers store and my website shifted.

I wanted a space that I wish someone created for me; a space to collaborate with other teachers who were pumped about using technology and bounced ideas off of one another.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, drinking coffee and working out (in
that order). Along with that, I LOOOOOVE decorating and making stuff. Every year I find myself making something for my classroom. Or buying something. Ya, I’m always buying decorating stuff for my classroom. One year, I “remodeled” and went for a rustic theme. {You can check it out by clicking here.}

When I was deciding on my decorating scheme for Marvelous Ms. Meredith, I wanted it to feel fresh, fun and like a fashion magazine. I also wanted it to feel inspiring and comfortable. I hope you get that vibe too.

Of course, the art of teaching and my brand are always evolving as I am learning more and get to know you, as a fellow teacher. I am thrilled to have you along with me, on this journey, as we make a difference in the world together.

I'll talk to you soon!

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