When Louisa County Public Schools’ 2017 Educator of the Year was growing up in Eden, New York, she babysat for a deaf couple whose children could hear. That experience influenced Barbara Meadows’ desire to learn how to communicate with members of the deaf and hard of hearing population.
When she graduated from high school and headed off to State University of New York at Geneseo for her bachelor’s degree, the now two-time Louisa County High School Teacher of the Year knew that working with the deaf and hard of hearing was what she wanted to pursue as a career.
Meadows started off as a speech pathologist in Buchanan County Public Schools, where she met her husband, Danny, also a special education teacher. She remained in Southwest Virginia for three years before both accepted teaching positions in Louisa County 37 years ago.
The young couple moved into the basement of the home of Mineral Elementary School Principal Alice Russell, where they lived until Russell and her husband, Jimmy, sold their house.
Over the years, Meadows has taught at various local schools based upon where her services are most needed. From Mineral Elementary, she was transferred to Louisa Intermediate School, then Louisa County Middle School. In recent years, she’s been in a classroom on the third floor at the high school.
To read the entire story, see the June 8 edition of The Central Virginian.