Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 27, 2013

Superintendent search

Meyer gets Tazewell nod

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Congratulations are in order for Dr. Michaelene Meyer, who has been selected as the new superintendent of schools for Tazewell County. Meyer will start her work with Tazewell County Schools on July 1.

She will succeed current school superintendent Dr. Brenda Lawson, who is retiring effective June 30 after more than a decade of service as superintendent of the local school system. Before being named superintendent, Lawson also worked as an instructional aide, teacher and principal for Tazewell County.

Meyer is currently serving as the deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Manassas City Public Schools.

She comes to Tazewell County with an impressive resume. Meyer is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors of Science in Education, a Masters of Education in Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies. After graduating, Meyer worked as a special education teacher in Louisiana before moving back to Nebraska where she taught both special education and general education programs.

She served as an elementary school principal in both rural and suburban school districts before moving to Ohio in 1988 where she worked for eight years as a school improvement specialist. Many of the schools Meyer worked with in Ohio were within the Appalachian region.

During the past seven years, Meyer has worked as deputy superintendent for the Manassas city public schools, where she has guided the curriculum, assessment and instructional program as well as assisted with the school and district improvement planning and implementation process.

“I am thrilled to be named the new superintendent of Tazewell County Schools and look forward to working with the school board in continuing the work of improving the educational program for the students of our schools,” Meyer told the Daily Telegraph earlier this week. “Tazewell County has much to be proud of, including a very strong foundational education program and comprehensive improvement plan that will be respected and utilized to continue to bring the entire community together to prepare our students for successful entry into their futures.”

She will inherit a top-notch school system, and one that has been carefully guided by Lawson over the past decade. We applaud Lawson for all of her hard work over the past several years. She  leaves the school system in good standing.

And we congratulate Meyer on her selection as school superintendent, and wish her the best of luck with the job ahead. She is inheriting a great school system, exceptional teachers and a great group of students as well.