Chelsea Birchmeier has been at Wayne Memorial since the fall of 2012. She began her work at WMHS as a student teacher, working closely with Amy Story, who has remained her mentor ever since. Later hired as a full-time teacher, she now teaches English 10, and she’s been actively involved in developing the curriculum for Accelerated English 10.
During Jada Henley’s sophomore year of high school, she approached Mrs. Birchmeier to be her mentor. While choking back those awkward tears and giggles (anyone who works with teenagers recognizes that a teenager can, in fact, cry and laugh at the same time), she asked Mrs. B to be her champion.
Fast forward three years, and Mrs. B is still Jada’s champion, even after she graduated from high school. Jada’s now at the University of Michigan-Flint, and Mrs. B has helped her in a variety of ways, including helping her figure out what she needed for her dorm room and navigating a complicated financial aid system to be able to afford college.
After years of championing students, Mrs. Birchmeier has learned that the strongest relationships she forms with kids are ones where they can both relate to one another. Like Jada, she was a first-generation college student that had to figure out how to navigate and hack the system to make it work for her.
In addition to mentoring Jada, Birchmeier currently mentors 14 other students at Wayne Memorial.