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Dr. Meredith Maier Named 2023-24 OCS Principal of the Year

October, 17, 2023 | Jala Davis

“Dr. Maier! Dr. Maier!”

“Si se puede, si se puede!”

These were the phrases being chanted in the hallways of New Hope Elementary School where the walls were lined with students, staff and teachers that screamed for the 2023-24 OCS Principal of the Year, Dr. Meredith Maier!

Emotions were high and love and excitement filled the hallways as Dr. Maier paraded down the hallways, collecting signs made by students to congratulate her. Dr. Maier’s eyes were filled with tears as she walked through the school seeing the very children she impacts every single day.

Dr. Meredith Maier and Joyce Hatcher

Not only was she celebrated by everyone around her, she also got a surprise guest to celebrate with her school community -- her mother who drove in for the occasion.

Dr. Maier’s impressive resume stacked with experience demonstrates her ability to make a difference in the lives of her students and the community around her. However, before she was Dr. Maier, she started out as an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she double majored in Spanish and Communication studies and graduated in May 2007. Shortly after she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, she made her way to New York City where she was a Senior Program Coordinator for iMentor from September 2007 to June 2009. 

After two years with iMentor in New York City, she then became the Director of School Culture and Spanish Teacher at Victory Collegiate High School in Brooklyn, New York. During her three-year stretch at the high school, she obtained her M.A in Teaching, Spanish Education at SUNY Empire State College, finishing in June 2011. 

In 2012, Maier made her way back to North Carolina, starting her journey at T. Wingate Andrews High School in Guilford County. From 2012 to 2015, she was a Spanish Teacher and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Elective Teacher, where she received the Rising Star Award for Instructional Excellence in 2012.  

Her career at the high school ended when she found herself back at UNC Chapel Hill in 2015 to start her journey to obtaining her Ed.D in Education Leadership, where she graduated in 2018. Maier worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Fellow/Instructor in Spanish and taught for four semesters. During this time, she was nominated twice for the Department of Romance Studies Graduate Teaching Award. 

By August 2018, Maier made her way to Durham County Public Schools where she served as Assistant Principal for Brogden Middle School until June 2021. She also served as the Title I Facilitator, where she organized Title I events and workshops. 

In July 2021, Orange County Schools welcomed Dr. Maier as the new Principal for New Hope Elementary School, where she has made many impactful changes in her short time here. In her time in this position, Dr. Maier and her staff have achieved the following:

  • Increased overall grade level proficiency by 21.5 percentage points 

  • Increased overall proficiency to 48% from 26.5%

  • Increased overall reading proficiency by 13.8 percentage points

  • Increased overall math proficiency by 28 percentage points 

  • Increased overall science proficiency by 35.6 percentage points 

  • Exceeded growth in the 2021-22 school year and met growth in the 2022-23 school year 

Spanish signs for Dr. Maier

Again, please join us in congratulating Dr. Meredith Maier for being the 2023-23 Principal of the Year and we hope you keep changing the lives around you and making an impact that keeps your students moving forward!