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2020 winner – Melanie O’Connor

I am so grateful that my classroom was chosen for this award.  I love my job and I love my children.  I’m using this money to provide flexible seating options for my students.  Flexible seating will allow my children to sit comfortably and will provide options for movement so they will have an easier time attending to lessons or completing work.

I graduated high school in the same town where I currently teach.  I think it is so special that I get to work in the town that I grew up in.  I got my undergraduate degree from WNEC (Western New England College, now University of Western New England) and my masters degree from Cambridge College.  I’ve been teaching since 2002.  I have taught kindergarten and first grade, and now I’m in fifth grade.  I plan to never leave this grade level.  I love it and believe this is where I’m meant to be.