Teacher of the Year 2016
2016 Teacher of the Year – Melody Apezteguia
Ms. Apezteguia has been teaching for over 20 years, 6 of those years at American Fork High School in Alpine School District. Melody did not set out to become a teacher, she started with studies in business and quickly decided it was the wrong career for her. As she was thinking of degrees, she remembered many of the positives in her life to that point. She started helping others with mathematics in middle school. It was rewarding to see the “light” of understanding come on when she helped someone understand a difficult concept. She decided this was a career she would enjoy and make a difference in the lives of children. So her teaching career began.
She believes that for students to truly learn, they have to feel that the teacher cares about their success. Her students know she cares and one example comes in a thank you note from one of her students at the end of the year saying, “Thank you for caring about me and each of your students individually.” Along with caring, she makes it a point to have great communication with her students and high expectations for their learning.
Her beliefs about teaching are infused in all that she does. She sums it up with this, “I love my students; just being around them makes me happy. I am excited to share the fun and joy I find in mathematics with them. I am happy, energetic, and encouraging in my teaching. My door is always open to anyone with a question. I love my profession! I found a career I not only enjoy but love, I am able to contribute to society, and I absolutely make a difference in the lives of my students.
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