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Lincoln Elementary Teacher Headed to Teacher Academy in New Jersey

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At 1 p.m. each afternoon, Melissa Vansickle brings in her second group of students from lunch. She's a 5th grade science and math teacher at Lincoln Elementary. On the agenda today is a lesson on sugar. She's been teaching for ten years; six years in kindergarten and four in the 5th grade. She says her passion for teaching gets renewed each year.

" Well the kids are different every single year, so I basically start over every single year based on what my kids come in knowing and how they respond best to learning. My lessons are not the same year to year or day to day." says Vansickle. 

Mrs. Vansickle is one of 200 teachers across the nation that have been invited to attend this year's Mickelson ExxonMobile Teacher's Academy in New Jersey.  

"It's all STEM related instruction. So Science, technology, engineering and math."

Her invitation wasn't based off a nomination from her colleagues but from putting work outside the classroom.

" I had to apply in October and to do that I had to write several mini essays about my teaching philosophy, how I work with kids, walk through a typical lesson."

She's looking forward to networking and sharing what she learns with her students. 

 

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