Meredith Thomas

Middle School Science Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator

How many years have you worked at Oak Grove?

I started in 2022

Why do you work at Oak Grove?

Oak Grove’s unique approach to learning along with the beautiful campus that reflects and celebrates the natural world is what drew me to the school. I love the community approach to each child’s unique needs and challenges and how everyone is celebrated for who they are.

A quote that inspires your approach to your job.

“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.” ― Richard Louv

Where is your special spot on campus?

Under any of the oak trees listening to the birds and sounds of nature.

Coffee or Tea?


What outdoor experience has been most impactful for you?

Solo hiking the Trans Catalina Trail. Being by myself for 5 days was such a healing experience.

The best live music performance/concert you ever attended is …

Brandi Carlile at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in 2017

Which teacher in your life affected you greatly? How?

Dr. Best, my geology professor in college. His enthusiasm for the natural world along with his amazing teaching abilities led me to becoming a science teacher.

Person (dead or alive, famous or not) that you’d most like to share a meal with.

Rachel Carson

Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.


How many Patagonia clothing items do you own?

Too many to count!