A message from the Director of Early Childhood:
Greetings Meridian Families,
My name is Shedon Williamson and I am deeply grateful and honored to serve again as the Director of Early Childhood for the 2019-2020 school year. I am excited to engage with the families and community members that work together to support the continued academic achievement and social-emotional growth of Meridian Scholars.
I come to Meridian with 9 years of professional teaching experience. During my tenure I have executed my passion for teaching and learning in both DC and Prince George's County, Maryland. I have taught Pre-K 4, Kindergarten, Third Grade and most recently served as an Math Instructional Coach for grades K-5.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I hold a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Howard University, a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University and a Leadership Certification from Loyola University of Maryland.
Through my leadership, my goal is to ensure college and career readiness for every student. As a Meridian Scholar your student will be instructed as a critical thinker that is prepared to compete in a global community. I believe through teamwork, authentic learning experiences and targeted instruction this can be achieved.
I look forward to partnering with both current and prospective families as we continue to move our scholars to higher heights and make Meridian the Premier Early Childhood Program for DC residents.
Director of Early Childhood
Children are playful by nature. Their earliest experiences exploring with their senses lead them to play, first by themselves and eventually with others. Our Pre-Kindergarten program, Splash Into Pre-K, promotes this fun of learning through activities that teach children about the world around them.
Children change a lot throughout their Pre-K year. To address these changing needs, Splash Into Pre-K is adaptable and engaging, particularly good for children with special mobility or cognitive challenges. Our child-centered curriculum includes hands-on playtime and shared activities, with plenty of opportunities for exploration and fun.
Our Pre-K students are provided opportunities to think critically and challenge themselves while building a strong appreciation for the arts, leadership, social interaction, and physical well-being. Their daily learning centers include activities around science, creativity, role-play, literacy, math concepts, and motor development.
Some examples of Pre-K lessons and activities:
During math center, children are learning shapes using clay by making squares, circles and triangles.
In dramatic play, children are retelling the story “The Three Little Pigs” using costumes and props.
During play activities, children learn to share classroom materials and use their words to express themselves with their peers.
Elementary students are curious about their community and their world. At the elementary school, we nurture that curiosity through development of core competencies and engaging, hands-on activities. Our students often work to solve problems and create together.
The focus for students in K–6th grade is to develop their independence and take responsibility for their own learning through engaging student-led conversations. Conducted in every subject area, these conversations give them time to explain their thinking and show them how to provide feedback to each other.
In all classes, our curriculum emphasizes applications to real-world situations. For example, in math, numbers and mathematical concepts are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday lives.
In ELA courses, students read books and articles during class focusing on reading for meaning and making connections beyond a simple summary. They discuss specific passages in small groups to uncover deeper understanding. The process ensures that all students participate and get support from each other to gain comprehension without feeling singled out.
Our students have lessons in English language arts, math, social studies, and science each day, and our curriculum weaves the core literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and presenting across all disciplines.
Examples of classroom projects and events include:
Literature roleplay in English Language Arts
Students performing scientific experiments in pairs/small groups
Field trips to historic sites in DC to get hands-on experiences with history
Learning about fractions through making slime
Using the scientific method to investigate how seeds students plant germinate and grow
Gallery walks to determine the answers to math problems
Students create their own rhythms and compositions in music class
Students attend a city-wide health expo and create a project based on information they gather from presenters
Read more about our Specials and Electives.
A message from the Elementary School Principal:
Dear Meridian Families:
As Meridian’s Elementary School principal, I am excited to lead the Meridian staff in creating a safe and nurturing learning environment that will push our students to think critically about the world around them. I began my teaching career as a middle school math teacher with DCPS. After spending two years teaching math in Central America I returned to DC and have since worked as an instructional coach, gradual level course instructor, and elementary school director. DC is a place I've called home for over 10 years. I completed a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Trinity DC. I also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Temple University.
At Meridian we strive to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that push students to think creatively. The best way to learn is by asking questions, exploring, and creating. Reading authentic texts, visiting historical sites, and participating in our rich creative arts program are all important aspects of our academic program. Providing students with rigorous and rich learning experiences ensures that every student at Meridian is on the path to reaching high academic, social, and emotional expectations.
Meridian values maintaining a strong connection with families. A partnership with families is vital to students’ success. We encourage you to contact us about your child’s progress and the Meridian community for events that occur throughout the school year. Gathering with other families and staff is a great way to build our community, keep updated about your child’s learning, and enjoy social events.
I am excited to partner with you to provide students with a supportive, inclusive, and challenging learning environment.
Principal, Elementary Campus
A message from the Elementary School Dean:
Dear Meridian Public Charter School Community:
It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I step into my new role as the Elementary Dean of Students here at Meridian Public Charter School for the 2019-2020 school year. Albeit it a new environment for me the mission remains the same, inspiring scholars to BE the best versions of themselves as they prepare to leave a permanent mark on the world and in the lives of others.
I was born and raised in the city of Paterson, New Jersey where I attended public school up until high school. I then transitioned to an all-boys Catholic school, where I graduated with honors while being a part of the school’s baseball and basketball teams. After high school, I initially began my collegiate career at a small school in Pennsylvania playing basketball. However, an injury caused me to return home and focus solely on my education.
Since returning home in 1999, I have obtained four degrees, (Early Childhood Education, Sociology, Human Services, and School Counseling) with the latter being Master Degrees from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. This academic year will be my 22nd year in the field of education. Prior to accepting this position at Meridian I have served as a School and Crisis Counselor, Dean of Students, In-School Suspension Coordinator, Anti-Bullying Coordinator/Specialist, Athletic Director, and Professor.
I plan to utilize my practical work experience as well as knowledge gained in the classroom to add value to the Meridian Public Charter School brand. I have an open-door policy and have always committed myself to be a resource to all stakeholders and the school community at large. My “Firm but Fair “ approach to achieving an optimal climate and culture in a school has afforded me the opportunity to build solid relationships with students, teachers, administrators, and families alike. I wholeheartedly believe the keys to a successful school are collaboration and teamwork and I look forward to joining forces with you all.
Thank you for choosing me to be part of the Meridian family, let's make this a year full of growth and success for all.
Dean of Students and Culture, Elementary School