Brookwood High teacher Mary Meyer was named the 2014 Teacher
of the Year by the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of
Spanish and Portuguese.
Meyer has taught foreign languages for more than four decades, according to Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Meyer said in a GCPS press release that her teaching “so much
more than teaching students communication skills,
vocabulary, and [grammatical] structures.”
Nicole D’Antonio, a Spanish teacher at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, described Meyer as an educational leader “who is dedicated to student success and who serves as a model for all teachers regardless of content area specialty,” according to the press release.
Meyer joined Gwinnett Schools in 2005 at Brookwood High where she currently teaches Advanced Placement Spanish and Honors Spanish III, and has served as an Instructional Team Leader.
Meyers earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, master’s from South Florida and specialist’s degree at
Piedmont College. She also holds certification as a
National Board World Language Teacher (Spanish).
Meyer taught for 30 years in Florida before coming to Gwinnett. She has won several prestigious awards: Florida Foreign Language Association State Spanish Teacher of the Year Award (1985), the Disney Teacherrific Award (1993), five-time recipient of the Orange County Pride Award for Foreign Language Teaching (1993, 1994, 1996, 2004, and 2005), and a two-time recipient of Gwinnett County’s Foreign Language PEAK Award (2011, 2012).