Jeff Zollner joined Meridian in August 2014 as a fifth grade teacher. Jeff is originally from Oregon and has a bachelors degree in education from the University of Oregon and a master’s in education from Texas State University. He is certified in early childhood through 8th grade, ESL (English as a second language), and special education K-12, and has completed Category 1 and advanced IB-PYP training. Jeff came to Meridian from the International School of Belgrade, an IB-PYP school in Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to teaching internationally Jeff taught intermediate grades at a district south of Austin and was an outdoor school instructor at Camp Champion in Marble Falls. He also worked as a teacher of English and as a Cambridge C.U.B. and YLE English test evaluator in Taipei and San Chong, Taiwan. Jeff is certified as a Ropes trainer, is active in various science and geography projects, and is a ranked player and coach with the U.S. Chess Federation.