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2020 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Melissa Saunders - 2020 Teacher of the Year
Posted on 05/12/2020
Melissa Saunders and her family


Northumberland High School Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Melissa Saunders

Saunders currently teaches Algebra I, serves as the Mathematics Department Chair, and sponsors the freshmen class. In her seven years of teaching, she spent four years teaching fifth grade Mathematics and Science at Northumberland Elementary School where she “learned so much about the special family bonds between a teacher and her students.” Melissa stated Northumberland County Schools has been her family since the beginning of her career. Saunders believes in the philosophy of student-centered learning, dedicated creativity as her approach, and being supportive and compassionate is her commitment to students. She also works closely with students with special needs and students who are at risk by establishing a caring and stable relationship and recognizing differences in learning. 
Saunders earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development with Technology Integration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Mathematics from Grand Canyon University and an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Rappahannock Community College.

Saunders stated her philosophy of learning is simple: Teachers, students, parents and the community all contribute to the successful exploration of learning within and outside of the classroom -- from standardized skills to life skills.

Saunders stated she is honored to be part of a team of educators who have mentored and collaborated with her over the years.

She stated her students inspire her to be the best teacher she can be so that she can help inspire them to find their inner superhero. It is her belief that a great Teacher of the Year 
inspires excellence, confidence, a love for learning and a desire to become more than what we ever thought we could be, in both colleagues and students.