Meet our Teachers in Washington: Mrs. Finders

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

Our teachers bring with them a diversity of experiences critical to preparing students for college, leadership, and life. At Green Dot Public Schools Washington, we often teach our students that it’s important to consider the people they surround themselves with -- friends can inform your future. Similarly, we know how important it is for adults to be surrounded by a supportive network of intelligent, passionate, and hardworking colleagues.

In addition, all teachers participate in weekly, data-driven professional development and collaboration, led by teacher leaders and instructional coaches. Supports and growth opportunities like these, as well as a shared dedication to serving the communities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Kent, are what brought educators like sixth grade English Language Arts teacher Meaghan Anderson to Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School.

Claire Finders

Special Education Teacher, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School

What brought you to Green Dot Washington? How long have you been teaching?

I was particularly drawn to Green Dot because of our mission to prepare ALL students for high school, college, leadership and life. I saw a tremendous opportunity to be part of an exciting and necessary movement in Washington to strengthen learning opportunities for students who may have not been served well in the past. Green Dot's mission aligns with my passion to serve all students, regardless of race, religion, gender, ability and socio-economic status.

Prior to my work with Green Dot, I taught sixth grade special education in New York for three years and worked in business/curriculum development for a national educational enrichment company. I'm honored and humbled to team with Green Dot to reshape the education landscape in Washington.

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Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Education is one of the most powerful tools in life. I became a teacher to help empower others by teaching them the knowledge and skills to lead a meaningful life. I chose Special Education because I feel that all students, regardless of ability, can learn. I'm compelled to challenge expectations and push students to become their best selves.

What motivates you to come to work every morning?

My relentless belief in all students and my pursuit of excellence motivate me to come to work each day.

Our students have so much potential and opportunity ahead of them. Our job is to channel that potential through exciting lessons, high expectations and college-going culture so that each student may realize their full potential.

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What do you enjoy most about working at RVLA MS?

I'm honored to work at Green Dot because of the extreme talent, professionalism and passion of my team. Every day, I learn and grow professionally from the interactions and collaboration with my teammates. It's invigorating to be part of a team and movement driven by bright, passionate and effective educators.

More stories from our Washington teachers

"My relentless belief in all students' potential and my pursuit of excellence motivate me to come to work each day. Our students have so much potential and opportunity ahead of them. Our job is to channel that potential through exciting lessons, high expectations and college-going culture so that each student may realize their full potential."

— CLAIRE FINDERS
Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School

"I love everything about my job. My students push me to think hard and ask big questions, my colleagues make me laugh and share feedback that helps me grow, and every so often I have a conversation with a parent or another community member who reminds me how vital this school is to building up this community that is so dear to my heart."

— MEAGHAN ANDERSON
Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School

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