Dear Meridian Early College High School Families, Learners, Staff, and Community Members,

It is with great pleasure that I join the Meridian Public Schools family as the Principal of Meridian Early College High School. With 18 years of work as a counselor and administrator, I have a strong passion for working together with families to foster continued academic growth of all students.

I am a graduate of both Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. In addition to a Master's degree in Counseling, I hold a K-12 School Administrative certificate. As a doctoral candidate at Eastern Michigan University, I also have advanced training in educational leadership, including coursework in school leadership and instructional development.

My biggest joy in life is spending time with my husband Adam and our four children, Ella (15), Blake (12), Erik (8), and Alyse (5). We spent most of family time outside exploring the great state of Michigan and beyond! I am also an avid runner and enjoy outdoor activities.

In my role as principal, I am responsible for supporting actions which foster progress towards MECHS vision and ensure every child graduates ready for post secondary education or training and career. To gain a deeper understanding of Meridian Early College High School, I will work with families, students, staff, and community members to outline the goals and activities necessary to support our vision during the next 100 days and beyond. It is important to work together to ensure you have a voice in developing goals that are reflective of our learning community.

As we continue a tradition of educational excellence, it is important that I take time to listen and learn from all members of the community.  I will be directly interviewing individual learners to gain a better understanding of MECHS and our community. I also encourage you to fill out a short online survey here: https://tinyurl.com/merps100to ensure your voice has been heard.Email is the fastest way to connect with me: tara.mager@merps.org. If you would prefer to meet face to face, my office hours are M-F, 7:30AM-4PM, or via phone at 989.687.3300. I am flexible! Expanded office hours are available by appointment.

I look forward to listening, learning, planning, and leading collaboratively with all members of our school community to achieve our vision for the future.

Warm Regards,

Tara Mager, MA, LPC, LBSW