February 11, 2014 - Bradley Meyers is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student on Union University’s Hendersonville, TN campus who is helping to make a positive difference in the high school where he works. Meyers is an Academy Coach at Hunter’s Lane High School, where he manages all academy efforts, including teacher training, student placement, and dual enrollment offerings.
The work that Meyers is completing is part of a larger effort to build a positive community and school climate at Hunter’s Lane. The executive principal at Hunter’s Lane, Dr. Susan Kessler, and assistant principal, Mrs. April Snodgrass, recently published an article about their successes in building a positive school climate. The article, The House That Affirmation Builds, was published in the February 2014 issue of Educational Leadership (ASCD), and provides details about what has made their efforts so successful. The article states, “Acknowledging that everyone has a stake in making our school a good place to work, in and of itself, increased morale.”
Regarding the positive school climate at Hunter’s Lane, Meyers says, “An environment infused with a student-centric focus and high teacher morale leads to positive student outcomes. Happy teachers make for happy classrooms. At Hunters Lane, we place great emphasis on providing such an environment that is nurturing and conducive to student success. By implementing strategies such as ‘texting principal’, ‘one lunch’, How Are We Doing (HAWD) meetings, and morale boosting events which contribute to a positive learning environment, we have seen a reduction in disciplinary problems while indicators such as graduation rates and assessment scores are on the rise.”
Dr. Ralph G. Leverett, a University Professor of Special Education serving on Union’s Hendersonville, TN campus, currently has Bradley as a student in one of his doctoral courses. Although Leverett has only recently met Meyers, it was immediately clear to him that Meyers is a type of person and doctoral student who will continue to make a positive difference in his career. Specifically, Leverett stated, “He possesses the gifts and humility to be a great leader.”
Union University and its School of Education are proud of the accomplishments made by current and former students who contribute to the ongoing community outreach being done from the Hendersonville campus.
For more information about Union University’s Hendersonville, TN campus and program offerings, please visit: uu.edu/hendersonville .