WITN's Teacher of the Week: Melanie Simmons from Northeast Elementary

Published: Jan. 25, 2017 at 8:11 AM EST
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This week's WITN Teacher of the Week is Melanie Simmons, who teaches at Northeast Elementary in Beaufort County.

Simmons graduated from ECU with a BS in 1990 and a Masters in 1993 both in Middle Grades Education. She received National Board Certification in 2006 and renewed in 2016.

Simmons says, “I have spent my entire career teaching in Beaufort County in the Belhaven area. For the past 25 years, I have had the privilege of working with the Academically Gifted and Advanced Math Program. I currently coach MathCounts, Envirothon and Math 1 teams and in the past I have been the Junior Beta Club Sponsor and coached Science Olympiad, Softball and Cheerleading. I come from a family of educators. My mother, father and brother are/were all educators. I can honestly say that I love what I do and I am so honored that a student nominated me. Getting to work with students, sometimes for several years in a row, is the most rewarding experience I can imagine. I feel so honored to have been able to share in shaping their future and to help them develop the mathematical foundation they need for future studies in math. I love to get to know them through the extracurricular activities that I coach and spending time with them outside the classroom gives me even more of an opportunity to learn about them and from them. Every day in the classroom is different and I hope that my students learn as much from me as I do from them.”

The student who nominated her said, “She is one of the most amazing constructive teachers I've ever met. She has a certain way of teaching. We learn something new every day. Mrs. Simmons gives us homework every day, some people thinks that it is bad. Mrs. Simmons doesn't use homework for a grade, she uses it to teach. Her teaching environment is awesome.”