Friday, November 22, 2013

Colin Neumeyer, Superheroes, and GRIT

Vicki Scott and Colin Neumeyer at the SIUE/East St. Louis Charter School
Like all our favorite superheroes, Colin Neumeyer has a disguise and superpowers.

The disguise he wears isn't that extraordinary. He presents himself as a mild-mannered language arts teacher at the SIUE/East St. Louis Charter School. And funny thing is: most people believe that's what he actually is.  Hardly anyone suspects that he's a superhero.

Ask any of the young folks, "Who's Mr. Neumeyer?" They'll respond, "oh, he teaches English here."  That's it? Really?

Don't take their word for it. Go up and ask this "regular" English teach something...anything about the school, and that's when you'll learn the truth. He'll tell you about his first-hand experiences teaching classes, organizing this after-school project, that other after-school project, those before-school project, his leading involvement with the GRIT program, what he's doing to assist students in elevating their ACT scores, how he's working with folks to see more charter school high school students eventually become SIUE college students, what it was like being a high school teacher and cafeteria worker at the charter school. Oh yeah, he has a pretty cool superpower too: with all the tasks and activities he's involved in at the charter school, he clearly figured out how to fit more than 24 hours in a single day.

Notebook on the GRIT program

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