Melissa Galloway 5th Grade Teacher Lucas Elementary School
"Melissa's classroom is a menagerie in beautiful and amazing ways. There are animals, bunnies, hamsters, fish, etc. And there are children, of course, learning and engaged in varied activities. Someone might be shooting a nerf dart at a map and then spouting facts about the region they hit. Another student could be bouncing on a trampoline while reciting multiplication facts. On the other side of the room, a student could be running the store while a group of students sings a song about the planets. Melissa's classroom is noisy, it's active, it's full of life! I wish every student in the district had the opportunity to learn from her. She is caring and engaged with the students. The active learning style she employs deepens the learning and helps students who may otherwise struggle to engage in the process."