After a long and productive career with TST BOCES, Mary Meeker has announced that she will be retiring from her position as Principal of Exceptional Education at the end of this year.
Starting as a Special Education teacher in 1982, Meeker has worked at TST BOCES for 35 years, including her diligent work as the Principal of Exceptional Education since 2007. Meeker has also helped expand and develop a number of programs that now make TST proud.
“She is professional, first and foremost, with a delightful sense of humor, and she is good listener,” Smith School Teacher Aid Ronnie Miller said. “I admire her for being able to wear so many hats and still keep it together for all of us.”
Meeker was instrumental in the early development of the Full-Day Work Study program, now called “Springboard.” During her time with TST, Meeker has also overseen the expansion of the Turning Point program, doubled the size of the Lighthouse program and increased teacher specialization to allow for greater access to Regents programming and exams for students. In coordination with Racker Centers, Meeker oversaw collaboration between teachers and counselors to help improve the quality of care for children. This effort has greatly reduced the necessity for the use of physical restraint.
“Mary’s years of experience as a teacher – working with challenging students, managing shortages of materials, negotiating conflicts with families, understanding guidelines – she gets it,” said special education teacher Laura Havill. “She knows the job first-hand, which puts her in a great place to support staff in her programs.”
In 2015, Meeker was awarded the Racker Centers Tompkins Community Partner Award. TST BOCES would like to thank Mary for all her hard work and congratulate her on a tremendous career, as well as wish her luck in future endeavors.