Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Carmel Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Melanie Phillips and Principal Paula Crumbley.
Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Carmel Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Melanie Phillips!
Kindergarten teacher Melanie Phillips’ heart hurts when she hears her students described as “those kids.”
“Those kids” who, because of their parents’ language or immigration status, are blamed for low test scores and accused of using up too many resources. The 22-year educator seeks out children whose parents don’t speak English as a first language and who may have immigrated to the country illegally.
Her desire, not just willingness, to help students facing additional barriers and the care she shows for them, led her colleagues to name her Carmel Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. It’s the third time for Ms. Phillips to earn this honor, having previously won at Tippens Elementary and Hasty Elementary.
“She never allows anyone to feel unsuccessful or discouraged,” a former colleague said, noting that Ms. Phillips combines a fluency in Spanish with knowledge gained from a career of dedication and continued education (she has earned a master’s and specialist degrees as well as multiple endorsements) to help her students compete alongside those with fewer disadvantages.
In her own words: “I don’t deny that there is a problem with people entering the country illegally, but I want other people to understand that educators are dealing with children. Children are entitled to a good education regardless of the language they speak and their cultural backgrounds.
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