Elinor L. Meyers
March 11, 1931 – May 19, 2013
Elinor L. (Syna) Meyers, 82 passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. An educator for nearly 40 years, she taught elementary, junior high and gifted students in the Miami Dade school district. Prior to retirement, she taught at the school district’s middle school gifted program located at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus. Although diminutive at 5 feet, she had a towering impact on her students. It was the life lessons, as much as the academics, that her students remembered most.
Despite having Multiple Sclerosis she continued to teach often putting what she learned about her disease to good use. She wrote murder mysteries for her students to solve, with each suspect having a different disability. Her students had to learn about the different disabilities to decipher the clues and solve the crime. To teach them about ethical decision-making, she would have students play Dungeons and Dragons.
She touched the lives of thousands, many of whom fondly recalled being in her classroom. Her daughter remarked that one day, while food shopping, a young man introduced himself as a former student. “You were the toughest teacher I ever had,” remarked the grocery store bag boy, “But I remember what you taught us.”
Elinor Syna graduated from Pittsburgh’s Taylor Allderdice High School in 1948, the University of Pittsburgh in 1952, and received her Masters in Education from the University of Florida in 1967. She was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority at Pitt. After moving to Florida in 1952, she married Coleman Robert Meyers in 1953. They divorced in 1962. She lived in North Miami Beach and was a long-time member of Temple Israel of Greater Miami. In 1993, she moved to Pembroke Pines. Her daughter, Dr. Merrie Meyers, survives her.
A memorial service and burial is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Lakeside Memorial Park, 10301 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33172 | 305-592-0690.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Florida Alumni Association.
- Shiva Tuesday, May 21, 2013
- Shiva Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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