Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 25, 2013

Tazewell County welcomes new superintendent

By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TAZEWELL, Va. — A Virginia-based educator has been chosen as the new superintendent for the Tazewell County School system.

Dr. Michaelene Meyer was appointed as superintendent Wednesday morning by the Tazewell County School Board during a special called meeting. Meyer is currently serving as the deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Manassas City Public Schools.

“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 said. “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.”

Meyer said she recognizes she has big shoes to fill with the retirement of current superintendent Dr. Brenda Lawson, who will be retiring on June 30 after a decade of service in the position.

“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of someone with the stature of Dr. Lawson,” Meyer said. “She has put a lot of strong foundational things in place in the school system I look forward to building upon. She is a very well respected superintendent and I feel honored to follow her.”

Technology in schools is one of the things Meyer said she wants to focus on when she comes to Tazewell County.

“I will be working very closely with the school board to develop a 90-day plan,” she said. “I will also be assessing the 21st Century learning skills and computer literacy within the school system. We have to do more with technology in our schools because our students need those skills not only for college but in trade schools so they can succeed. There are also always new initiatives on the state and federal levels we will have to work with.”

Meyer said she is looking forward to getting to know the students, staff, faculty and parents in Tazewell County better.

“This system has a great staff and a great faculty, and I want to continue to focus on the success they have already had in addition to improving the quality of education for the children,” Meyer said. “I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I feel honored to come to work in Tazewell County.”

Meyer will start her work with Tazewell County Schools on July 1.

She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors of Science in education, a master’s 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 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.

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com