About Mrs. Dawe...
Position: 6th Grade
Hello, I’m Melanie Dawe and I’m excited to teach 6th grade this year.
My Education and Professional Background
I’m an Arizona girl who grew up in Mesa and attended Westwood High School. I graduated from BYU with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and started my career in a neighboring school district where I taught for 5 years. I received my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from NAU. I took a long sabbatical to raise my 3 children and decided I really missed teaching. So, I got my feet wet by substituting here at Ryan, taking on a few long-term substitute positions. I have also been a parent here at Ryan where two of my own kids have been Ryan Royals. I have been married 24 wonderful years to my husband Kevin and we are almost empty nesters. I have 3 amazing adult children ages 22, 20 and 18. I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, and taking long romantic drives to Sodalicious. This year will be my 7th year teaching and my 2nd year as a 6th grade teacher at Ryan Elementary.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe my role as an educator is to nurture and encourage my students to be lifelong learners. Through hands-on activities, class discussion, and cooperative learning, I believe that fostering critical thinking skills is at the heart of the classroom. I am committed to giving students the tools necessary to see their self-worth, leadership skills, and to feel capable and successful in their learning. My goal is to create a safe and stimulating environment that caters to the student’s individual needs, and to cultivate a classroom where students can flourish and explore to reach their full potential.