College of Education
MA, Education - California Polytechnic University, CA
BA, History - California Polytechnic University, CA
About Charlotte Meyer
Charlotte graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She earned a teaching credential in Secondary Education the following year, and subsequently she taught high school level history and economics on the California Central Coast. During that period, she earned a Master of Arts in Education in Reading degree from CA Polytechnic University. Later, while substitute teaching, she found a deep interest and challenge in special education.
After earning certifications in Special Education and English Language Learning at CA State University, Northridge, she taught in Los Angeles. During that time, Charlotte taught emotionally handicapped, learning disabled and mildly mentally retarded exceptionalities.
Charlotte is newly retired from the Washington Elementary District in Phoenix, Arizona, where she taught for 20 years. During that time, she taught various grade levels and exceptionalities in special education.
Since 1991, Charlotte has been facilitating courses at GCU in the Distance Learning Program and online classes. Also, she is proud to add that both her daughter and son-in-law are graduates of GCU!
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Having been an instructor at GCU since the early days in the Distance Learning Program and the inception of the online program, I have had the pleasure of working with many different students and courses. I am proud of the experience of "teaching teachers". Teaching is one of the grandest and most important of professions, and the fact that I play a small part in imparting knowledge and assistance to teachers in furtherance of their goals and skills fills a special purpose for me.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
The most effective strategy I use in my online classroom is to participate daily on the Discussion Board. I am awed by the excellent discussions students post on this venue. The Discussion Board forum truly substitutes for the ground classroom sessions. I, therefore, take the responsibilities of participation very seriously. In every class, I diligently try to promote a continual flow of learning and a good give-and-take of the questions. I must admit, too, I learn so much from my students!
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I consider all of my students very special. I endeavor to assist each one in any way possible. Many students have family or personal situations occur during the duration of the class which requires attention. One such student was a grandmother whose granddaughter had suddenly died midway through the course. She thought she might need to drop the class. She was an excellent student who had worked very hard to reach her goals. I informed her I would work with her in any way I could. I extended prayers, patience, extra time, accommodations, and phone calls to the student. I hope, in a small way, I was able to help her through the difficult time. She truly deserved the "A" she received!