Meldrum said Thursday night that she hopes to use her visibility as Teacher of the Year to raise awareness of challenges students face and how they can overcome those challenges.
“Even as adults, we come to our jobs with a history,” she said. “When you reflect on your life ... you think, man, it was loaded. Our kids come to school with these same situations.”
Meldrum has only been teaching for six years. Before, she worked as a medical assistant for Integris and then as a banking assistant for MidFirst Bank.
Meldrum said she decided to become a teacher after Junior Achievement asked her to teach a business class to elementary school children. She went to college and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2006.