Peters Elementary – Melissa Speaker, Kindergarten
Kindergarten teacher Melissa Speaker has been named the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year for Peters Elementary School. She has been with Union since 2010.
“I became a teacher because I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and I knew this would be the arena in which to truly embrace this passion,” Speaker said. “In addition to that, I enjoy collaborating with others who share the same mindset in order to broaden my scope of learning and subsequently share it with the children in my classroom. I strive to engage each learner at their level and foster a curiosity to think both analytically and creatively as a learning community to better understand the world around them. Education is the great equalizer and collaborative learning has the power to connect us to one another like nothing else can.”
As a kindergarten teacher, Speaker said she loves touching on all subjects, but reading is particularly dear to her.
“I was a voracious reader from a very young age and went on to make it a primary focus in my higher educational pursuits. Nothing can compare to the moment when a child fully embraces their role as a reader and witnessing this realization is one of pure joy and wonderment. When a child becomes an independent reader, a whole new world opens up for them to explore and I feel fortunate to be able to participate in this awakening,” Speaker said.
Speaker is a graduate of Tulsa Memorial High School (’96), The University of Colorado at Boulder (BA English Literature ’01), and OSU Tulsa (Early Childhood Education ’10).