Caitie Meehan has been teaching for almost fifteen years and is currently a fourth grade math teacher in Washington, DC. She has experience teaching in Title I schools and has seen how the benefits of the Responsive Classroom approach reach many different schools and students. Caitie was initially introduced to Responsive Classroom ten years ago and she continues to see the benefits of building a strong positive community in her classroom. As the community in her room grows, her students feel more comfortable taking academic risks in a socially and emotionally safe place. Caitie holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from James Madison University. In her spare time, she visits her family in Virginia Beach whenever she can.