Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School Teacher Melissa Rose was ready for her close up this week when she was presented with the WGN Teacher of the Month award.
The student-nominated honor is given to a teacher that makes and impact in a child’s life, and for Rose’s student Camille, that’s exactly what she has done.
“I am beyond honored to have received this award. When Mrs. Simpkins first told me about it, I was very shocked. As she began to read what the student actually wrote, I started to cry because I was so touched by what the student had said. It is one thing to receive a compliment from a colleague or a boss, but it is another when it comes from a student. For a student to go out of her way to write the nomination meant more to me than she can ever imagine,” said Rose.
Earlier this week, members of the WGN news crew came out to Mrs. Rose’s classroom to present her with the honor and get some footage of her teaching the class.
“I am honored and humbled to have been named the WGN Teacher of the Month. So often we try to connect with kids by sharing stories or life lessons with them, but never realizing the influence those lessons may have,” Rose said.
The award meant even more to the teacher because it had nothing to do with the everyday math lessons she shared, but the life lessons learned.
“When Camille wrote the nomination, it wasn’t based on the Math lessons I taught or the dancing we do in class, it was about the connection she had made to the life lessons I had shared. This experience has made me realize that even when we may not realize it, kids are hearing us and learning from us. That meant more than anything to me,” she said.
As for the student who nominated her, Camille, she thinks the award is well deserved. Look for the segment on WGN’s website.