VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Alvena Meyer

A soft-spoken powerhouse is Alvena Meyer, Title I Tutor at Camp Verde’s United Christian School. VVN/Bill Helm

A soft-spoken powerhouse is Alvena Meyer, Title I Tutor at Camp Verde’s United Christian School. VVN/Bill Helm

CAMP VERDE – Almost 20 years in education, Alvena Meyer is now in her second year at Camp Verde’s United Christian School.

Meyer, the school’s Title I Tutor is a “soft-spoken powerhouse,” says Kathy Holden, the school’s principal.

“I’ve come to believe she is a miracle worker,” says Holden, who also recently completed her first year at the school. “Her premise is that each child can learn, and she teaches each child that they can learn. In turn, they leave her classroom knowing this truth, having learned and always smiling.”

Holden says that Meyer is “a gift to United Christian School.”

Meyer says that as a child, she enjoyed school and “looked up to my teachers.”

Following high school, Meyer entered the business world. Several years later, she says that she “was led to pursue education.”

“I like the interaction with children, building their confidence, and developing in them a love of learning,” Meyer says.

If Meyer was no longer an educator, Meyer says that she “would continue to be a part of children’s lives because they are awesome.

TEACHING STYLE

Meyer says that she strives “to discover each child’s strengths and weaknesses and individualize instruction to fit that child.”

“I want to make sure I deliver each lesson and interaction with love and respect to the children,” she says.

QUOTABLE

“Each child is a beautiful gift of God who is unique and valuable to our world.”

NOTABLE

“I dislike the feeling that I wish I could do more for the children.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Meyer says to never think what you are doing today is what you will be doing 10 years from now.

“I started my adult life as a stay-at-home mom, then pursued a business degree several years later, worked in the business field for several years, then pursued my degree in education for my next life journey,” she says.

“Only God knows where you will next be led in life,” Meyer says. “Trust in Him with all you do, and enjoy the journey.”

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