Getting to Know: Ms. Andrea Meyers
This fall, we will interview a few of our new faculty, as we welcome them to the Saint Mark’s community. Today, we feature Andrea Meyers, our new 5/6th grade math teacher. Andrea was raised and still lives in Simi Valley. She attended Moorpark College, received her AA in liberal arts, then attended UCSB, and graduated with a BA in psychology. She attended CSUN and California Lutheran University for her teaching credential.
This year, she looks forward to getting to know and connecting with students, parents, and other staff members. “I want to instill a love of math in all of my students. I hope my students realize how important it is to understand that math is all around us. Every day when we go to the store, compare prices, buy gas, figure out a tip without using a cell phone, we use math all day long,” says Ms. Meyers. In her free time, Andrea loves going to concerts (all types of music, except country), going to sporting events, and spending time with her two children, Emma and Megan.
What attracted you to Saint Mark’s? What has been a highlight so far?
I had previously worked with Tracey Peterson (4th Grade Teacher) at another private school for over 15 years before the school closed. She knew of the Math Teaching Position available here and said that teaching here would be a great fit for me and she is right!
What are you looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to getting to know and connecting with all of the students, parents and other staff members. I want to instill a love of math in all of my students.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I love going to concerts (all types of music, except country), going to sporting events (My favorite sport is baseball. I grew up an Angels fan but now my heart bleeds blue for Dodgers!) and spending time with my two children. (Emma 16, Megan 13)
What book are you currently reading? What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I am currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. I usually like reading mysteries. My favorite series is the Women’s Murder Club books by James Patterson.
Why did you get into the field of teaching? What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I didn’t decide on teaching until I took a child psychology course at UCSB. I then realized how much I enjoyed working with children. I still consider myself to be a “big kid” and I love making connections with the students.
Share a little-known fact about you, something that we might not find on your resume.
I am a huge Star Wars fan, (come by my classroom to see my Star Wars decorations). I am also ambidextrous.
What is your favorite food? Your favorite color? Why?
My favorite food changes, but right now I am on a cheeseburger kick. (In and Out Double Double). My favorite color right now is bright pink.
Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up?
I was raised and still live in Simi Valley. I attended Moorpark College, received my AA in liberal arts, then I attended UCSB and graduated with a BA in psychology. I attended CSUN and California Lutheran University for my teaching credential. I previously taught at a private school in Simi Valley for 17 years, teaching Kindergarten and First Grade for the first 7 years before moving up to teach middle school math (Grades 5-8).
What do you hope your students will learn from their time in your class?
I hope my students realize how important it is to understand that math is all around us. Every day when we go to the store, compare prices, buying gas, figuring out a tip without using a cell phone, we use math all day long
What is your favorite quote or saying? Why?
As being a Star Wars fan, one of my favorite quotes is Yoda saying, “Truly Wonderful the Mind of a Child Is.”