Cultural proficiency begins with the teacher

Melanie Trowel Let me tell you my story. I was born in Seoul, Korea, into extreme poverty. I was put in an orphanage and was adopted at age seven by an American family. I felt out of place. I went to school and, because I did not speak English, I was put in a classroom with students with [...]

By |2014-07-31T10:09:44-04:00July 31, 2014|

Teachers, we have a voice

Melanie Trowel As educators, we want our students to be effective problem solvers and critical thinkers so they are prepared for the rigorous challenges of college and careers upon graduation. Being a mother of six children and a teacher for 15 years has given me some perspective on education and what I see happening in classrooms. I want [...]

By |2019-12-20T15:18:32-05:00January 23, 2014|

Let us teach for that better path for ALL students

Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Melanie Trowel helps Micah Lowe, Jayden Lydian and Anthony Wright with a graph analyzing daylight length and the angle of the sun during her 8th-grade science class at Carter G. Woodson Academy (Fayette County).Photo by Amy Wallot, Nov. 6, 2013 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “I believe that education [...]

By |2013-12-05T09:03:48-05:00December 5, 2013|
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