School District Names Melissa Patterson As Teacher Of The Year
Posted on 06/19/2017
Melissa Patterson

Patterson was nominated by colleagues Amy Tennant, Rob Silliman, and Cindy Birdsall, who outlined a variety of attributes attesting to her qualifications for the award, and describing her as exceptional. "While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact attributes that make someone exceptional, it seems to be some combination of knowledge, talent, commitment, energy, enthusiasm, humor, maturity, and enjoyment of all that she does. Melissa demonstrates all of these characteristics daily. She is self-directed, conscientious, creative, organized, sensitive and thoughtful."

Patterson has been an educator for 15 years, serving as a Physical Education teacher at Linden for 13 years. During her tenure she has served on the Wellness Committee, the Teacher Evaluation Committee and has served as a Unified Sports coach. She is a team trained mentor and a cooperating teacher. Patterson was selected as the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year for 2016. She is an active member of the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Shape America, and Let's Move.

When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Patterson explained, "Providing a positive environment in which each student has the opportunity to reach his or her individual potential is imperative to me. I strive to make the students feel comfortable in the physical education setting. The students know that individual differences are appreciated. Respect and empathy are the basis of everything we accomplish in physical education."

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Patterson will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2018 Teacher of the Year Program. Each district Teacher of the Year will be individually recognized at an awards ceremony later this year hosted by the Connecticut Department of Education.

"I just love watching Mrs. Patterson with our scholars," said Linden Principal, Paula Eshoo. "She is positive, patient, and a role model. She goes above and beyond to help others and teach; with a ready smile and a supportive force for her colleagues. Last year she even ran our kidathon on her birthday-it was awesome! This is certainly a well-deserved honor."

"Melissa Patterson is an amazing professional in every way. I am so proud of her many accomplishments and recognitions. Plainville Community Schools is very lucky to have her," commented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.

Patterson holds both a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree from Central Connecticut State University, with certification as a professional educator in Physical Education and Health. She was honored at the June 12th Plainville Board of Education meeting.