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Melissa Williams

1st grade teacher
Dalton Elementary

Reason for selection:
As a first grade teacher, Melissa Williams shines. She loves helping her students grow and reach their full potential. Dalton local appreciates all she does for us!

1. What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools?

I truly believe that Dalton is the best place in Ohio. It’s such a pleasure to work with the people at Dalton Local Schools, and I consider myself very fortunate to have been encouraged by a retired teacher, Mrs. Cynthia Falb, to apply to teach at Dalton Schools back in 2000. I am so happy to have met some incredible families who love a place such as Dalton. Their love of their home truly warms my heart.

2. How did you get to where you are today?

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I looked up to my teachers when I was in elementary school. They taught me that an education was something that would take me wherever I wanted to go in the world, as long as I was willing to build my knowledge and widen my perspective.
I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education grades 1-8 and Gifted Intervention at Kent State University, and a master’s in K-12 Specialization. I’ve taught at Dalton Local Schools for the past 23 years. I started my first years teaching computer tech and enriched reading classes at Dalton Intermediate School, though most of my years I’ve spent teaching first grade. I adore teaching first graders, and I’m always amazed by how they grow so much in one year! The first grade team, Kelly Wenger and Sarah Wyckoff, inspire me as we collaborate to create engaging lessons together throughout the year. I’m also inspired by the elementary principal, Cherie Marthey, who leads the school with a servant’s heart. I’m so very blessed to work with such incredible people.

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

During the cold, winter months, my favorite thing to do is knit hats, shawls, and socks for my family.


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