MANCHESTER >> Melissa Rice, sixth grade teacher at Manchester Elementary-Middle School, was honored with the Master in Middle Level Education Award by the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education at the annual Scholar Leader Awards Banquet at Norwich University on June 1.
This new award honors teachers who have been passionate about teaching young adolescents and middle level best practices for 10 or more years. Melissa was nominated by Assistant Principal Kim Tenner. Award criteria centers on meeting the educational needs of middle school students, using effective best practices, such as integrated curriculum, project-based learning, a focus on student voice, and reaching out for community partnerships. First and foremost is the nominee's passion for teaching in the middle level, grades 5-8, and for making a positive difference in her school. In addition, Melissa will become VAMLE's Vermont nominee for the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) award of the same title, Master in the Middle, in 2017.
The VAMLE Board has launched this annual award as a way to honor educators who demonstrate excellence in teaching middle level students. Middle level students learn best when educators implement research-based best practices that match the developmental stage of these learners, as well as engage them intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally in their learning.