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Michelle Lehman
5th/6th science teacher

Reason for selection:
Mrs. Lehman has been a part of DEMS in many ways the past few years. She has filled in as a long term substitute, been a title tutor at our middle school, and now is our 5/6 science teacher. Whatever position she is in she does an outstanding job doing what is best for student learning. She works very well with her team and creates many hands-on and engaging activities for her classes. We appreciate and see the effort Mrs. Lehman puts in for the students at Dalton Local and we are very appreciative of it.

1. What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools?
I think Dalton is truly a special place. The support that teachers and students have from parents,community, and administration is amazing. I love coming to school each day because I work with colleagues who truly care about the students. What I like most about teaching is interacting with the students on a daily basis. Seeing them grow and succeed in learning and life is one of the many joys of teaching.

2. How did you get to where you are today?
I started teaching 24 years ago after graduating from Mount Union College. I began as a 4th and 5th grade social studies teacher in Alliance City Schools.  After I married my husband Dave, we moved to the Cleveland area where I was a tutor and Title I teacher for Berea City Schools. The following year, I began teaching 4th grade in Parma City Schools where I mainly taught science and social studies. During this time, I continued my education at Baldwin Wallace College where I received my Master’s Degree in mild to moderate educational needs.

My grandma has always had the most influence on my decision to become a teacher. When I was in third grade, she allowed me to come to her classroom where she was a 5th grade teacher in East Canton. However, she decided that she would play a trick on her class by introducing me as a new student instead of her granddaughter. How surprised the class was at the end of the day when she finally let them in on the secret! Her joy for teaching and learning was evident and it rubbed off on me. When our family decided to move to Dalton, I found out that my grandma had begun her teaching career nearby in a one room schoolhouse. I felt that this was a sign that we were in the right place. My husband and four children have lived here now for 8 years and I have been teaching in Dalton for 6 years. This is my first year as the 5th and 6th grade science teacher and I am looking forward to many more years here in Dalton.

3. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that people would be surprised to hear.

One interesting fact that most would not know about me is that I marched in both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade. I had the opportunity to do this in high school as a part of the Pickerington Marching Tiger Band. I played the clarinet (and still do).


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