Meriam F. Wilhelm brings to her writing over 35 years of practical experience in the academic world working with students at levels from preschool through college. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California with both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees, Wilhelm went on to earn 4 state credentials in counseling and administration.
She has taught at the high school level, and has held positions as a college dean, a counselor and an assistant principal at the middle school level. Driven by her desire to have a greater impact on elementary school education, Wilhelm made a mid-career detour, securing her life-long "dream job" as an elementary public school principal.
For the last 10 years under her stewardship and in collaboration with her outstanding teaching staff, her school has achieved and maintained some of the highest test scores in California, and received multiple achievement honors, including two California Distinguished School Awards. Meriam is also a personal recipient of several Honorary Services Awards, and recently received the California PTA's most prestigious award, the Golden Oak Service Award for "significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in school and community."
Happily married for over 33 years to her "best friend", Meriam is the proud parent of three successful adult children with whom she maintains a close family relationship. As a testimony to her child rearing skills with a strong family focus on life-long education, each of her two sons have completed both Bachelors and Masters degrees, one in engineering, one in business, and her daughter is a Registered Nurse with two related undergraduate degrees. Wilhelm and her husband, a recently retired aerospace executive, live in Southern California and spend time walking on the local beaches and traveling when she is not writing or sewing.
Wilhelm draws from her sometimes challenging earlier life experiences. Being a full time working mom who managed child care demands while actively supporting each of her kid's homework, sports, and scouting demands gave her a unique and relevant basis for the enduring lessons, strategies and recommendations you will find in her writings. Wilhelm gave special import to the value of nightly reading and regularly ended her kids evenings with a Bath, Book and Bed; the title of one of her popular eBooks. Capturing the many actual experiences and demonstrated successful practices from the classroom, the playground, and the "principal's office", she brings a balanced approach to the many challenges parents face as they help their kids to navigate through the elementary school years.
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