Melissa plays a unique role in enabling others to excel. She is a masterful teacher, and is willing to change tack, take huge but calculated risks, and stick her neck out when she believes the result will be more kids learning more. This is exemplified in her masterful teaching practice that others clamor to observe via learning walks; in her professional reputation- others seek her out for ideas; and in her positive ability to deliver new information (TPEP, NBPTS).
Melissa’s impact is clear, and other teachers ask to observe her teach so they are able to emulate her greatness. She is well-received on district committees and exhibits an easy, collegial presence even during taxing conversations. Staff members hold her in the highest regard; she is adored by students and parents alike. Melissa is committed to others’ growth both in her duties here in the district and in other endeavors within the community.