Dena Akers joined Meridian in August 2014 as a kindergarten teacher. Dena is originally from San Antonio and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in business administration/marketing at Texas A&M before deciding to finish her education certification and become a teacher. She is certified in early childhood through 4th grade and K-12 special education. Dena joined Meridian from Fort Bend ISD on the southwest side of Houston. She has taught early childhood grade levels – pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade - and wishes to continue with an early childhood focus. She has completed Category 1 and advanced IB-PYP training. Dena believes that it is critical that a teacher give each student opportunities for individual and group learning, letting them explore to promote independence, giving self-help skills, problem solving opportunities and instilling a love of learning.