Meg Thomas Ackerman, MA
DIRECTOR, SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
MICHIGAN FITNESS FOUNDATION
Meg Thomas Ackerman is the director of Safe Routes to School (SR2S) working for the Michigan Fitness Foundation, which is the Michigan Department of Transportation’s partner in administering the federal Safe Routes to School program in Michigan. In this capacity, Ms. Ackerman and her team provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to schools and communities throughout Michigan to help them increase physical activity by developing successful SR2S programs that enable and encourage more children to walk and bike to school while reducing the number of cars driving to schools.
Prior to her work with the Safe Routes to School program, Ms. Ackerman spent several years working in an elementary school, first as an upper elementary teacher then as a principal. While in that position she recognized the benefits, both academically and behaviorally, of students getting physical activity before and during school by doing something as simple as walking or biking to and from school and on field trips. She now works throughout Michigan to see that we benefit our students by increasing their safety and ability to walk to school rather than being driven.