Melissa Moreno is a County ‘Teacher of the Year’

Rosebank's Melissa Moreno Honored as a County ‘Teacher of the Year’
Posted on 09/20/2018
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Special Education teacher Melissa Moreno was selected as one of five San Diego County Teachers of the Year, touching off a joyous celebration at her school and District. 

The announcement was made at the September 15 “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” gala event. It came as a shock, said Mrs. Moreno, adding she stared and remained seated, processing what had just occurred. “I did not believe they were going to call my name,” she recalled. “I was surrounded by so many amazing educators. I was in absolute shock. I sat there for a few seconds to regain my composure because I was so emotional, and then I was happy and overjoyed.”

It has been a whirlwind of well-wishers, celebrations and events ever since. The five 2018-19 San Diego County Teachers of the Year move on to represent the region at the California Teacher of the Year program.

Mrs. Moreno taught mild/moderate special day class students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 2 last year at Rosebank Elementary School, where children learn to be creative thinkers, high achievers and confident in their own abilities. She is passionate about her students, and being a teacher.

“I have known my whole life that I wanted to be a teacher,” Mrs. Moreno said. “I used to play ‘school’ when I was little with my friends. I would make them be the students and I would always be the teacher.”

While in college, she worked as an instructional assistant in an elementary Special Education classroom. “That’s when I knew I was meant to be a special educator. I just fell in love with Special Education,” she said.

Principal Neil MacGaffey said Mrs. Moreno's unique skills with students are immediately apparent. “Melissa is such a gifted teacher,” Mr. MacGaffey said. “Her classroom is warm and loving, although when needed, she is firm and demanding. She is a master at putting in place the structures necessary for students to understand what is expected each day and to be able to thrive and learn at their level, at their own pace.”

Mrs. Moreno was one of three extraordinary teachers chosen by the Chula Vista Elementary School District to represent CVESD in the county recognition program. In addition to Mrs. Moreno, the teaching talents of Melissa Noble and Jennifer Ware were also celebrated as District Teachers of the Year.

Mrs. Noble was named one of 10 finalists in the county competition. Mrs. Noble taught Grades 4 and 5 last year at Clear View Elementary.District Teachers of the Year Jennifer Ware, Melissa Noble, and Melissa Morena (L-R, with plaques) share a moment with the Board of Education.

“Melissa Noble is a teacher that goes above and beyond, not just in the time she puts in, but in how much she cares about each and every one of her students,” said Principal Erin Thiessen. “She believes in each of their abilities to be successfully academically and as human being. She teaches them that every day. …She truly wants every child to be successful.”

Mrs. Ware taught Grade 3 at Anne & William Hedenkamp Elementary School — home of the Huskies. The school’s mission is to “
develop the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and attitudes which empower all students to become influential contributors in an ever-changing global society.”

Assistant Principal Ray DeVore said Mrs. Ware exemplifies what it means to be a Husky. “Hedenkamp is truly an amazing place for kids because of dedicated, passionate teachers like Jennifer Ware, whose genuine care for students is always evident,” Mr. DeVore said. “Her commitment to helping each student be their best self is inspiring. She makes others feel welcome, cared about, heard and part of the Hedenkamp team. She is making a difference for kids!"

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