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#TeamTuesday – Meredith Deal

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

Meet Meredith, KidFit coordinator for Youth Programs! Meredith is new to the Youth Programs team this fall, and we are so happy to have her on board running the KidFit program. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2014 where she studied Exercise Science and Psychology. She has played sports her entire life and began teaching children when she was 13 years old at her dad’s soccer camp during the summers. She has worked with kids ages 6 to 16 and spent the last year teaching high school biology at Notre Dame High School. While she was teaching, she also volunteered as an assistant coach with the Freshman Girls Basketball and Freshman Girls Field Hockey team. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate schools for a Masters in psychology.

Get to know Meredith!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of this job is trying to find as many ways as possible for kids to get active and involved. I played sports all my life and they were such a huge part of my childhood that I want to try to give kids the same experiences I had and maybe even inspire them to take up an activity more competitively.

2. What do you miss most about being a kid?

As a recent college graduate, I can say that one of the things I miss the most about being a kid is not having to pay bills. But in addition to that, I miss having soccer practice and games all the time. It was, and continues to be, my favorite sport, but I don’t get to play it nearly as often as I used to. Luckily, getting to teach it here at the NAC has brought it back into my life.

3. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall is my favorite season because I love all of the colors and how the leaves change. The weather gets colder without getting bitter cold so it’s the perfect time of year for sweaters and scarves and lots of layers without being worried about freezing when you walk out the door.

4. What is the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to?

I’ve traveled to many different places all over the world including Ireland, Argentina, Chile, Italy, and many more. The coolest place I’ve ever been is Jungfraujoch, Switzerland. It’s the highest point in Europe found in the Alps. It’s above all of the clouds so there is nothing but blue skies for miles, and despite being at the top of the mountain it was actually really warm because of the direct exposure to the sun.

5. What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is tacos, but I’ll eat just about anything Mexican. If you ask anyone in my family, they’ll tell you it’s Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because I eat probably a box or two a week but mostly I’m just too lazy to cook anything else.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

If we’re talking serious life accomplishments, graduating college is probably top of the list. But if I’m being totally honest I’m also super proud of the Maid of Honor speech I made at my sister’s wedding and my SpongeBob themed graduation cap that I decorated for my graduation from the University of Delaware.

7. What is your favorite kid’s movie?

Finding Nemo is my favorite kid’s movie, but I still watch it regularly despite not being a kid anymore. I can probably quote the entire movie from start to finish. I’m also super excited about Finding Dory coming out next summer because you’re never too old for Disney Pixar.

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