This past holiday season brought even more to celebrate this year for Chippewa River Writing Project team member Debbi Meister.
Meister, a teacher at Fellowship Baptist Academy in Carson City and alum of the CRWP 2009 Summer Institute, recently completed her master’s degree program at Central Michigan University. CRWP team members joined Meister in the celebration during their annual holiday party on December 14th.
For Meister, the conclusion of her master’s work is both exhilarating and edifying. “It’s a great sense of relief, and a great sense of accomplishment as well,” she confesses with a smile.
However, while the holidays offered her a little time to relax, Meister isn’t about to take a break. She is currently planning how to integrate her experiences as a graduate student into her own secondary-level classroom. “I really appreciate that I was able to construct a program that I could use in my teaching because I really wanted practical classes that I could use in high school,” Meister observes. “I was able to get a really wide variety of classes at Central. I got a combination of composition, reading, and literature.”
Meister’s culminating paper reflects this integration of ideas. Under the supervision of literature professor Kristen McDermott, she explored the representation of social attitudes in Jane Austen’s novels as reflected in character response to landscape design.
Motivated by her daughter’s experience with the Red Cedar Writing Project’s Summer Institute, Meister felt certain that the CRWP Summer Institute would offer her a valuable support system as she pursued her graduate work. This ultimately led to her decision to join CRWP’s Summer Institute in 2009.
“The SI was great for me in terms of encouragement and motivation,” notes Meister. “Both in light of my role as a writer and in helping me complete my master’s.”
Since her participation in the 2009 summer institute, Meister has stayed actively involved in CRWP work including her trip to the NWP Annual Meeting in Orlando last fall and her continuing participation in continuity and professional development events such as “Be a Teacher and a Published Writer” and the Clare-Gladwin workshops.
All of us at CRWP congratulate Debbi on her dedication and hard work!