By RODNEY D. BOAM
Melinda Harris, a social studies teacher at Preston Junior High School, was recognized as 2012 Teacher of the Year by the school board at the November board meeting.
The St. Anthony native has been with the district for 18 years. Besides her work in the classroom she is involved as the National Honor Society co-advisor with Stephanie Marlow and has served as a mentor trainer for new teachers in the district.
Harris was selected by the State Department of Education as one of 50 educators to write electronic accessible lesson plans for all educators in Idaho. Last year she was also selected to serve on the regional professional development team to help integrate technology and digital content into their teaching curriculum. Her list of professional activity continues to grow.
Her grant writing abilities have taken her to Washington, D.C., to participate in “We the People,” a training opportunity for teachers to assist them in teaching about the U.S. Constitution. Other opportunities have taken her to California where Harris attended Civil War History training She was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Qwest to purchase iPods and iPads for students in the classroom.
She was also named the 2011-12 Rotary Teacher of the Year.
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