HPCF Board of Directors Biography 

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Jean Meadows

Hard to believe, but I have been a resident of Highland Park for 45 years!  My husband Stanley and I have raised our 3 children, Matthew, Judy and Peter in Highland Park. They have attended the schools in District 108, 112, and High School District 113.

Additionally, I have been a teacher for 50 years, in various capacities, grade levels, systems. 

My background is in the field of Learning Disabilities, beginning in the primary grades, then nursery school for Mom and Me classes, on to private tutoring, building my learning and skills in areas of cognitive development, organization, and higher level problem solving as a partner with Dr. Donalee Markus, PhD.   Add in teaching Sunday School at Am Shalom.  During those years I was an an active volunteer in the Jewish Community through the Young Women’s Board, the Women’s Division, Jewish Children and Family Services and the Response Center as well as PTA committees in HP.

And once our last child reached junior high, I returned to full time work as a Special Education Resource teacher and Advocate at Highland Park High School.  As my extra curricular responsibility I had the wonderful opportunity be a sponsor for Key Club and immerse myself with a group of outstanding students to reach out to the community with a full slate of service projects. Continuing my teaching career after retirement from HPHS, I spent 5 years at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, mentoring, advocating, and supporting students with Special Needs.

Along the way, I connected with United Way of Highland Park to continue my community involvement, learning first-hand about the wide range of needs and many social service agencies in HP/Highwood.  So, it’s no accident that I finally found the Highland Park Community Foundation in 2013!