For her outstanding contributions as an eighth grade teacher, Ruth is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by her daughters–Mary Louise Meder of Emporia, Kansas and Sylvia Meder St. Jean of Reston, Virginia.
Ruth Dunham Meder is special to us because she is our mother, a woman who taught us as little children and laid the foundation for our subsequent education. Her first experiences as a teacher came in country schools in Bantam and Newtown, Connecticut. Later she became a critic teacher for Danbury Normal School. AFter a twelve year hiatus, during which she married and raised children, Ruth became a principal and eighth grade teacher at Brookfield, Connecticut Consolidated School. For ten years she successfully developed in her students a love of learning, a sense of responsibility, and intellectual curiosity, a desire to excel, and a firm foundation for subject matter.
In 1948, she became an Elementary Supervisor/ Educational Consultant for the State of Connecticut. Although this position was a professional advancement, Ruth always missed the interaction with students that classroom teaching provided.
Ruth began her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse and dedicated thirty-four years to the education profession.