Jean Hikida joined Meridian in August 2016 as a first grade teacher. Jean is originally from Houston and has a bachelors degree in psychology and Japanese from Brigham Young University. She worked as a substitute teacher in Kailua, Hawaii before moving to Texas. Once here she gained her certification in Texas in early childhood through fourth grade, and has worked for six years as a teacher and a part-time IB Coordinator in a private school near Lakeway which is an IB-PYP authorized school. During this time she worked with both early years and 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Jean has completed Category 1 and advanced IB-PYP training. She has enjoyed working with collaborative teams as a part of the IB approach to learning and wants to further her own experiences at a highly acclaimed PYP school such as Meridian.