Lincoln High School’s accomplished Mandarin teacher retires after 14 years at Lincoln


courtesy of Marie Meyer

Marie Meyer is a retiring Mandarin teacher at Lincoln High School. Her teaching career is coming to a close after 30 years and she is proud of all she has accomplished.

Marie Meyer has been a Mandarin Chinese teacher for 14 years at Lincoln, since the founding of the school’s Chinese program. She is retiring this June. Meyer has helped develop the program into a strong IB class that produces many proficient mandarin speakers every year. 

I was very lucky to be offered this teaching position at Lincoln in the summer of 2009. And this is my 14th year of teaching Chinese at Lincoln. In total, I have taught Chinese for more than 30 years,” said Meyer.

Meyer is excited for the freedom that comes with being retired.

“I will find time to travel to many countries that I have never been to before, or maybe learn some new hobbies that I did not have time to do before,” said Meyer.

She hopes her students maintain their Mandarin.

“I hope my former students will remember all their learning and continue being advanced Mandarin speakers,” said Meyer.

Meyer says she has had a rewarding teaching career, and she is proud of having led Lincoln high school’s IB HL and SL Mandarin programs to be as successful as they are today and to produce so many high level Mandarin speakers.

“I’ve done my best to support all of the IB Mandarin students and their performance in the IB Mandarin tests, recognized by the IB organization, even though students may remember my curriculum [as] rigorous, with many assignments and assessments,” said Meyer.