uvmOctober 22nd marked the 34th annual Outstanding Teacher Day. Each year University of Vermont honors exceptional educators around our state. Melissa Fisher (GEMS) was recognized from FWSU. These fine educators exemplify the five standards for VT teachers – Learning, Professional Knowledge, Advocacy, Colleagueship, and Accountability. We are proud of our 2014 Outstanding Teachers!

Today on the blog we are highlighting a Q & A with Outstanding Teacher Melissa Fisher. Mrs. Fisher is a Guidance Counselor at GEMS. 

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1) What excites you most about being a teacher?
I love the excitement and energy that comes with middle school “life!”
2) How has your teaching changes since you started?
When I first started 18 years ago, I feel I was pretty naive about what would help middle schoolers as they navigate through the world. What life was like for me in middle school is so different from today. Being current on the needs of kids and families is important. In the last couple of years I have done more work with students in a leadership role and I have learned a LOT from them. Give them the opportunity, and they will shine!
3) What is the most important thing you have learned as an educator?
Relationships are essential! Not only the relationships you build with your students, but also with the families, community and staff. This work can be challenging at times, but the more we can work together, the better for all of us.
4) What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy hiking with my 9-year-old and I’ve gotten into running the last few years – “fun” and a great stress reliever!
Melissa without doubt has been able to juggle the tremendous responsibilities that go with having a comprehensive guidance program for all Georgia students. Her influence goes far beyond the social and  emotional well being of all our students. Melissa directs our EST, case manages 504 students and totally coordinates the high school choice for all of our eighth graders.  She is an outstanding colleague to all and  has volunteered to mentor many of our young teachers. Melissa’s endless energy and caring is what makes her a role model for all of us. Thank you Melissa.
      —– Frank Calano. Middle School Principal

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