TOY Finalist chose teaching over law

Melissa Childs

Melissa Childs

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.


jglass 2 years, 5 months ago

I hope we will see a write up on ALL 8 finalist.


Terry.Lewis 2 years, 5 months ago

We'll have two a day until Friday, when we'll have the TOY announcement


AuntieDee 2 years, 5 months ago

Melissa child's is a wonderful teacher. Nurturing, caring, and compassionate.


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