NAHS Bids Farewell to Business Administrator Meredith Kaltman


Mady Mertens

Beloved Leader: Meredith Kaltman has had a storied and lengthy career within Atlanta Public Schools in roles ranging from teacher, IT specialist and administrator. She has been at North Atlanta since 2013, most recently serving as the school’s indispensable school business manager.

North Atlanta High School is like a puzzle. Each piece – every student, teacher, and staff member – fits together to make up our school community. As North Atlanta business manager Meredith Kaltman leaves to embark on a new journey in her professional career, although her piece in the NAHS puzzle will be missed, her legacy will live on.

Kaltman is in her 32nd year of her career in education, with almost a third of that time spent at North Atlanta High School. After receiving her bachelors in history from the University of Florida and a masters in education from Emory University, Kaltman began her teaching career at Sutton Middle School in 1990. From there, she worked her way through various other schools across Atlanta, until she landed as an associate principal at North Atlanta in 2013. For the past nine years, although her positions at NAHS may have changed, her love for the community has not. “The kids here at North Atlanta are fantastic. They make me smile,” said Kaltman. “And the staff are outstanding, truly dedicated professionals who I really truly respect.”

Given her long tenure within Atlanta Public Schools, Kaltman’s stature within the district and – more specifically – the North Atlanta cluster has elevated her to legendary status. At North Atlanta, Principal Curtis Douglass said her skills and community outreach has made her indispensable for the school’s continued operations and growth. The two have worked closely together in administration since Kaltman’s arrival during the 2013-14 school year. “She has meant so much to this school and an invaluable community contact,” Douglass said. “Her efforts have been a big part of our success here and the dramatic growth we’ve seen as a school. There’s simply not enough we can do to thank her for what she’s done. Ms. Kaltman will always be in our hearts and she will always be a part of this Warrior community.”   

Unfortunately, Kaltman’s time as a North Atlanta Warrior is coming to an end. As of June 30th, she will be officially retired from Atlanta Public Schools and from public education in the state of Georgia. But her career is not over yet, as she is just starting a new chapter in Florida. Kaltman will be venturing to the Hebrew Academy Miami to become a high school principal. Although she said she is sad to leave North Atlanta, she is excited for the new opportunities presented in Miami Beach. “I’m going to miss North Atlanta and living in Atlanta a lot,” said Kaltman. “It’s going to be a huge change, but I’m looking forward to the challenges and excitement that are heading my way.”

Kaltman will be remembered by NAHS for her undeniable support for North Atlanta students and staff alike. As she begins this new phase of her life, the Warrior spirit will continue to follow her. While her position may be filled, Kaltman’s support for all of the Dubs will be irreplaceable.