#25 The Together Teacher — Maia Heyck-Merlin

TWT #25

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Maia Heyck-Merlin has over a decade of experience juggling high-volume roles in results-oriented organizations. She most recently served as Chief Talent Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Achievement First, a charter school management organization running 20 schools in Brooklyn and Connecticut. During this time, she oversaw teams that led recruitment, human capital, operations, and development and evaluation of school leaders and teachers at Achievement First. She currently continues to work with Achievement First in a part-time capacity.

maia-heyck-merlin-author-photoPrior to joining Achievement First, she worked at Teach For America in a variety of capacities. Maia began as a corps member in South Louisiana where she taught fourth grade for two years and was named Teacher of the Year for her school and selected as a Fulbright Memorial Fund recipient. She then shifted to teach fifth grade at Children’s Charter School and directed Teach Baton Rouge’s first summer training institute for The New Teacher Project. In 2002, Maia returned to Teach For America as the Executive Director in South Louisiana, overseeing programmatic efforts for a corps that had doubled in size. She then served for three years as the Houston Institute Director, leading training and development for the incoming corps. In her last role at Teach For America, Maia founded and led the National Institute Operations team, which managed national operations for all five summer training institutes.

In the podcast Maia offers advice on:

  • How to manage your time and all the stuff that goes along with it.
  • Ways talented teachers can avoid drowning and burnout 
  • What the Together Teacher does to maximizing your time
  • Why the old-school inbox and outbox doesn’t work
  • How to ruthlessly clean as you go
  • The way in which students can be an asset in a well-organized classroom
  • 3 Things that Together Teachers do religiously