Maia Heyck-Merlin

Achievement First Teachers Featured on "The Together Teacher" Blog

By:Maia Heyck-Merlin on April 17, 2013
Achievement First Senior Adviser Maia Heyck-Merlin shares top tips from AF teachers on the blog for her book, “The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized and Save Time!” Read more about our teachers' approaches to personal organizations in her...

Part 2 -- Making the Most of That Prep Period: Creating the Right Climate

on March 29, 2012
Now that we have focused on how we can shift our own behaviors to better use our prep periods, let’s shift to discuss the external environment—our beloved colleagues, our workspace, and our materials. Again, none of these things will magically...

Making the Most of That Prep Period: Emergencies, Procrastination and Distractions!

on March 16, 2012
This is the first in a series of monthly posts by AF’s Chief Talent Officer, Maia Heyck-Merlin. She recently wrote a book called The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time! Part 1--Making the Most of That Prep Period:...

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

By:Maia Heyck-Merlin on February 03, 2011
The phrase "standing on the shoulders of giants" has meant a number of things over the course of history. As the Teach For America 20th Anniversary Summit draws near, it has me thinking about Bruce McCandless and how he used the phrase when inducted...

Keeping a Focus on the *What* While Paying Close Attention to the *How*

By:Maia Heyck-Merlin on April 13, 2010
As Achievement First has grown from our flagship Amistad Academy in 1999 to 17 college-preparatory academies serving students in grades K to 12 across central Brooklyn and in three cities in Connecticut, we have become increasingly systematic about...

Keep fighting the good fight for the right reasons

By:Maia Heyck-Merlin on February 16, 2010
Every week, I have the privilege of seeing messages our hard-working school leaders send to their teams with their reflections on the past week. This note was from Marin Smith, a first-year principal at Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary...

We Will Win and ... Finish Strong

By:Maia Heyck-Merlin on December 22, 2009
Each Sunday afternoon, I have the privilege of seeing the messages Achievement First principals send to their teams for the week ahead. This week I was struck by these paragraphs from the principal of Elm City College Prep Elementary in New Haven,...