ALBANY — As a little girl, Lamar Reese Elementary Magnet School second-grade teacher Melissa Childs wanted to be a lawyer — her students are glad she changed her mind.
“I can remember growing up wanting to be a lawyer,” Childs, one of eight finalists for Dougherty County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, said. “But those thoughts quickly vanished when I started school and had the privilege of having some of the best elementary teachers around. Their influence on my life changed my desire of becoming a lawyer to a career that could make a difference.
“I never looked back, nor did I once ever second guess my new passion to become a teacher.”
To Childs, education should be fun, and she makes sure her students enjoy coming to school in a tech-savvy world.
“I think my greatest accomplishment in education is keeping learning fun and ongoing in a plugged in world,” she said. “I am teaching students who have more awareness and access to technology and information that I was not exposed to until college or even into my adult life. It’s only been six years since I graduated college and technology has rapidly evolved and advanced during that time.
“I have to find new ways to make learning fun and enjoyable for my students. I cannot expect them to only learn by using pen and paper.
Childs holds a BS in Education from Valdosta State University and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia Southwestern State University.
The Dougherty County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the year, selected from among a group of teachers from each of the district’s 27 schools, will be announced Thursday at banquet at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn.