Meredith Kates

"Math is the beautiful, rich, joyful, playful, surprising, frustrating, humbling, creative art that speaks to something transcendental."
James Tanton
Meredith Kates
6th Grade Head Teacher

My teaching path through progressive education in small private schools led me to the red brick walls of the Co-op in 2012, where I knew that I’d found a home, as well as colleagues I instantly admired.

In our math classes, I witness students constantly growing, questioning, offering, reviewing, reflecting, evaluating… there’s a synergy as ideas spiral and build on each other. We are explorers, partners and “mathletes” who delve into challenges, communicate passionately, derive concepts and meaning, and celebrate our discoveries.

I was raised in a community with many parallels to Montclair. I recall my own childhood spent happily in “experimental” open classrooms when I glimpse the Co-op’s cozy corners. As a young student, I relished the freedom to pursue my interests, develop my voice and connect with diverse constellations of children and teachers throughout the day. As an educator, I am thrilled to be part of a community committed to providing and nurturing similar experiences.

I studied at Brandeis University, and pursued graduate educational certifications at Haifa University and Rutgers University. I enjoy delving into community-based work and learning from divergent perspectives; in the summers, I work with a team from Fairleigh Dickinson University to develop teacher trainings. I also serve on the municipal board in my hometown.