|Position:||6th Grade Teacher|
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.
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