2017-2018 School Year
Martha MacFarland starts her 16th year as an educator and her seventh year at Meridian School as a Diploma Program literature teacher. This year she will teach 11th DP Literature Year One and 12th grade DP Literature Year Two. She has been to Category One and Category Two training for both the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP). She also has attended various other workshops and trainings including Advanced Placement (AP) Institutes and South by Southwest Education Conference.
She holds a master’s degree in literary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas (2003) and a second master’s degree in gifted education from Emporia State University (2009) in Emporia, Kansas. She received a BS from the University of Texas (1997) at Austin in Communications. She is certified to teach English for grades 6 through 12. Before joining the Meridian secondary staff in 2011, she taught two years in Plano ISD, six years in Blue Valley Schools in Overland Park, KS, and one year in Round Rock ISD.
She was pleased to receive the 2013 Meridian Secondary Teacher of the Year award as well as to receive the 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award by Texas Humanities.
Mrs. MacFarland values authentic, differentiated assessments that give students the opportunity to show what they have learned by engaging in creative and critical thinking. The goal of her teaching is to help all students become open-minded, global thinkers who value creativity, intellectual curiosity, and civic responsibility. She encourages students to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of literature and to develop their critical interpretations of their readings by examining cultural contexts.
She has been married to Robert MacFarland for fourteen years and has two sons, Robbie (8) and John (6).