Gwinnett County educator Mary Meyer, who has taught foreign languages for more than four decades, has been named the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP-GA) Teacher of the Year.
“My instruction is so much more than teaching students communication skills, vocabulary, and [grammatical] structures,” said Meyer. “I hope to pique student interest in a world that exists beyond their immediate horizon. I strive to instill my passion for language learning.”
After more than 30 years of teaching in Orange County, FL, Meyer joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2005 at Brookwood High where she currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish and Honors Spanish III, and has served as an Instructional Team Leader.
“This award is one of the most prestigious for K-12 Spanish in Georgia and we are absolutely thrilled for Mary and all the students lucky enough to be in her class,” said Jon Valentine, Gwinnett’s director of Foreign Languages. “Congratulations as well to the entire teaching and leadership community at Brookwood High. Building a quality language program, particularly in Spanish, requires constant collaboration between many teachers and leaders at all levels, and we are grateful for the support of the entire faculty and staff.”
Meyer volunteers with language camps across Georgia. She also hosts a monthly district-wide Spanish III collaboration group that shares best practices, activities, and planning materials.
Meyer earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-Spanish and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Meyer also holds a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of South Florida and a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.