There are more than 300 staff members around Rockwood School District who were Rockwood students during their K-12 years. "Then and Now" is a series that highlights some of their stories and what has made Rockwood special to them as both students and educators. Meredith Sinn, reading specialist, Ridge Meadows Elementary Rockwood Schools Attended: Pond Elementary
, Ridge Meadows, Crestview Middle
, Lafayette High Grades Attended in Rockwood:
Meredith Sinn had a mission every morning during her time as an Adventure Club student at Ridge Meadows. She would play and learn with her classmates, but she would also make the rounds and see if the teachers needed any help preparing for the day.
"I used to come help in classrooms. I was that kid," Sinn said. "I've always wanted to be a teacher. It was always in me."
Sinn's mother was a teacher for 33 years in Pattonville School District and, when it came time for Sinn to start her teaching career, she set her sights on Rockwood.
After three years in Wentzville, she landed a job as a first-grade teacher at Ridge. Her principal from her time as a student, Carol Kottwitz, hired her.
"I had a lot of amazing teachers here at Ridge," Sinn said. "I've always felt very at home here. It's awesome getting to do what I love with people I love at a place that I love. We joke that I've just never left. I've just been here my entire life. Pretty much."
Sinn started at Ridge in third grade when the school opened in 1989. She was student council president in sixth grade, in 1992, when the group buried a time capsule.
She was a teacher there in 2012, when the school dug it up after 20 years.
"That was a little bit surreal and made me feel old, but it was very cool to see all that come together," Sinn said.
Sinn spent 12 years as a first-grade teacher at Ridge before transitioning into her current role as a reading specialist. She traveled between Westridge
and Wild Horse
elementaries last year before coming back to Ridge as a building instructor this year.
When students have trouble reading, it's her job to help them progress.
"Seeing our kids grow and start to love reading, find something they're really interested in, that's my favorite part," Sinn said. "Most of our kids don't come in liking reading. It's a struggle for them. Seeing them find something they really love and take off, then to be able to talk to their parents about how they're growing, that's the coolest thing."
Sinn and her husband are Lafayette graduates. Their children go to Green Pines Elementary
She looks forward to them enjoying the same Rockwood experience as their parents.
"I think so very highly of our district and the quality of the people who work here, the relationships we create," Sinn said. "That's what I want for my kids, to go to a place where I know they're loved every day."