Traces of Pathfinder have continued to follow Meredith Hanson (class of 1999) through her various endeavors. Meredith continued her education at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in visual arts and continued to study French, adding Japanese by attending Concordia Language Villages after her junior year. She received mathematics, science, and French awards, as well as a Young Artist Award, before graduating from Interlochen. Not only did science, spelling, and logic with Mrs. Iott and language arts/social studies with "Spratt" (Duncan Sprattmoran), among many other Pathfinder experiences, prepare her for high school and beyond, they were sometimes even more challenging! Meredith went on to major in Comparative Languages and Linguistics at Earlham College, studying abroad in Morioka, Japan, leading the creation of a multilingual intentional community in her residence hall, taking Symbolic Logic as an elective, and adding Spanish to her repertoire. She was also able to relive bits of Fall Experience by becoming a certified high ropes course facilitator while at Earlham.
Meredith has taught French and Japanese (and art) at Concordia Language Villages, where she was art coordinator for French and Japanese for many summers. She has been a curriculum developer and high school credit program facilitator for their Japanese summer program since 2008, and has also taught French, Japanese, and English as a second language in a variety of other states and countries. After graduation from college Phi Beta Kappa, Meredith taught English for a year on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Saint-Ouen l'Aumône, France, just a few miles from where she stayed with a host family on the Pathfinder France trip. During the following year, she got to return to Pathfinder briefly as a special guest for Global Studies and as pronouncer for the Leelanau County Spelling Bee. Currently, she is in her second year of the M.A. program in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, teaching ESL and preparing her mini-thesis, which she will present at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference in Chicago in March.