Ashley Meyer: Canterbury’s new lower school science teacher

Ashley Meyer, the new lower school science teacher, is a familiar name at Canterbury School. Many of you may already recognize Ashley because she filled in as PE and health teacher for Kelly Russell during her maternity leave last year and served as Canterbury’s health teacher last year.

Ashley Meyer, Lower School Science Teacher

Ashley Meyer, Lower School Science Teacher

Ashley Meyer is not new to teaching. She has 10 years of experience, having taught first and second grades at Greensboro Academy and Greensboro Day School before taking some time off to begin her own family and spend time with children, Emma Grace (2nd -McIlwain) and Charlie (PreK-Copeland/Kaplan).

Ashley is a North Carolina native. Born and raised in Asheboro, she is an alumna of Greensboro Day School. For college, she attended University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, graduating with a dual major in elementary education and psychology.

Ashley feels that the call to teaching came, in part, from her parents. Her father was an administrator at the University of Virginia and her mother taught elementary school for 35 years. She is also inspired to teach because of the students; she loves the energy that her students bring to her classroom, and their curiosity and readiness to seek and discover answers. That is one reason why she enjoys teaching science. The subject matter begs the students to be hands-on, active learners.

Students in lower school science look forward to learning principles illustrated by blowing up balloons with vinegar and baking soda or filtering water with common household items like coffee filters. Regardless of the day’s lesson or experiment, Ashley uses an inquiry-based approach to teaching science. The engineering design process encourages students to ask questions, create models to test hypotheses, discuss results and revise their models to better understand the scientific principle. If she were not teaching science, her second favorite subject would be literature. An avid reader, she looks for ways to incorporate stories and reading into science class.

Ashley with her daughter, Emma Grace, husband and son, Charlie.

Ashley with her daughter, Emma Grace, husband Bob, and son, Charlie.

Ashley is honored to be on the faculty of Canterbury School. She is pleased to be a part of the warm and caring environment that our school provides while continuing to challenge students to reach their full potential. At home, she enjoys her family time with husband Bob, her children and Lilly, their 11-year-old black Lab. They all enjoy outdoor activities, whether it is at the beach or in the mountains. Ashley also enjoys playing tennis.

We are so pleased to have Ashley join the Canterbury faculty!

By Jennifer Powers Himes 

Hydrangea 006Jennifer is a Canterbury parent to Katie (5th-Niegelsky), wife to Jim, and an attorney with Tuggle Duggins P.A. She feels deep gratitude for the incredible spirit and vitality of the Canterbury “Nation.”  Being a relative newbie to Greensboro, she enjoys the easy access to outdoor activities and central location to all things beautiful in North Carolina.  She loves family time, reading, music of all sorts and horseback riding. 


Renovated Science and Technology Center Wows

Wow. “Wow” was the word used most often by parents touring the renovated Ketner Center for the first time Friday morning. After a ribbon (actually a DNA strand) cutting and a blessing from Father Finnin, parents were invited to tour the newly renovated, state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and math facility.

Left to right, Canterbury students and future scientists Jackson Love, Jack Britts, Sophie Kelly, and Avery Love cut a DNA ribbon to officially open the building.

Left to right, Canterbury students and future scientists Jackson Love, Jack Britts, Sophie Kelly, and Avery Love cut a DNA ribbon to officially open the building.

After years of chaperoning school dances and attending basketball and volleyball games and auctions in the old Ketner space (some of us old-time parents even attended chapel, Stone Soup and graduation in Ketner!), parents toured a transformed building. The front doors open to a conference and collaboration space, or digital “Commons,” which features a state-of-the-art desktop Mac lab. From there, students can walk directly into Mr. Brenner’s lower school science classroom. Even though Mr. Brenner’s classroom does not have any outside walls, the space is full of natural light from the many new windows as well as an open vista to the commons behind Ketner.

“It’s great; we can see all the way through the building in both directions,” Mr. Brenner pointed out to a group of parents walking through his class.

The middle school science classrooms are also bright, with high ceilings — perhaps the only hint that the building was once a gymnasium. Hanging in a commons area is the dinosaur fossil that was displayed in Fry Hall last year. Eventually, it will preside over sofas and tables where students can study, meet and socialize during the day.

Built as a gym and all-purpose building in 1997, the re-imagined Ketner building also boasts a makers’ room where students have tools and space to complete projects. In addition, lower school, middle school, and co-curricular (such as art and music) classrooms are equipped with either a SMARTBoard or interactive projection technology so that students can actively collaborate with digital media.

Even though students had been utilizing the building for classes since before the official opening on Friday, faculty, staff and students were excited to show off the newest campus addition to parents, trustees and community members who were on hand to see the beautiful transformation.

The excited crowd gathers around young Canterbury scientists and Father Finnin.

The excited crowd gathers around young Canterbury scientists and Father Finnin.

by Kelly McKee

mckee Kelly McKee is a freelance writer and community volunteer. She has three daughters and a very high golf handicap (these two facts are not unrelated).