Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Top teacher stresses teamwork

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Kathy Mellor already has a lesson plan for the next school year: Show her peers why teaching is not a solo mission.

"Teachers have to know that they're not alone, that if they work with their students, their colleagues, their administrators, their school boards, their teaching associations, they can get a lot more done," said Mellor, who was being named National Teacher of the Year for 2004 today.

"What I've learned as a teacher has come from being a parent and an aunt and a friend in the neighborhood," Mellor said. "A lot of parents have a lot more to deal with than we realize, and we have to be partners in providing an education to their children."

President Bush planned a White House ceremony Wednesday honoring Mellor, who has taught limited-English students for 24 years, and the top teachers from other states. Mellor, a teacher at Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, R.I., reshaped the English-as-a-second-language program in her district, allowing students to be integrated with others while they also got special help.

On the Net

Teacher of the Year: http://www.scholastic.com/administrator/teachyear

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