Robert Meister

Educational Specialist, Center for Teacher Leadership and Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

Robert Meister


  • B.S. in Secondary Education with concentration in English and Communications, Penn State University
  • M.A. in English, Gannon University

Research interests

  • Novice teacher retention, teacher coaching and mentorship, advanced placement recruitment

Career highlights

  • 2007 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program
  • 2012 REB Winner: $10,000 Grant award to study AP Literature Instructional Techniques and British Literature in England
  • 2013 Achieved National Board Certification in English Language Arts
  • 2014 Henrico Citizen Top 20 Teachers recognition
  • 2015 Penn State University Alumni Teacher of the Year
  • 2018 REB Winner: $10,000 Grant award to study music and improvisation with Laura Inserra in San Francisco, California


Robert Meister is currently the Clinical Faculty Coordinator at VCU's Center for Teacher Leadership. He also serves as a Math Specialist for the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center. Between 2003 and 2022, he spent his career as a high school English teacher, dual-enrollment composition instructor partnering with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and math teacher in Henrico County Public Schools. He is also currently a Virginia State Lead in Advanced Placement Instruction for College Board and continues to serve as an AP Literature Reader for the national exam. He is National Board Certified in English Language Arts and has mentored many National Board candidates since 2013.

Meister considers himself an advocate for teachers in the Richmond Metro Area and supports programs that are designed to help novice teachers have lucrative careers in education. He also supports programs aimed at recruiting students into Advanced Placement courses. Outside of education, he can be found recording piano compositions and playing tennis.

Curriculum Vitae

(804) 828-1305 [main number for Department of Teaching and Learning]