Noreen Kennedy joined Meridian in August 2012 as a first grade teacher. She is originally from Ireland and completed her Bachelors Degree in Business Studies there before moving to Round Rock, Texas in 2003. After her move she completed a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in reading. Noreen is certified in PK through sixth grade and has completed Category 1 and advanced IB-PYP training. Noreen previously taught primary in an area private school and has a passion for reading and writing instruction. She is passionate about following that passion at Meridian! Noreen wanted to join the school's staff to share her love of all things international and to support and encourage students to be passionate and engaged learners, and to take ownership of their learning. Appreciating cultures, acting with integrity and making a difference in the lives of others are values she embraces. She is glad to be teaching first grade at an IB school and loves watching each student grow throughout the school year.