Melissa Johnson, a social studies teacher at Thunder Ridge Middle School, was named an Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Toll Gate Creek Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She received the award during a celebration on March 8.
A veteran teacher with 17 years of experience, Johnson says her love for learning and passion for history is rooted in her own family’s experience.
“As a child I can remember listening to the stories about how my ancestors came to America and of the experiences, opportunities and struggles they faced,” Johnson said. “As an eighth-grade American history teacher, I have the opportunity to share my love of this nation with students in my classroom. It is my goal to incorporate high academic standards into my classroom lessons to help create the next generation of Americans.”
In addition to teaching social studies at Thunder Ridge, Johnson has also served as the school’s National Junior Honor Society advisor, a track coach and a co-sponsor of the TRMS Triathlon.
“Melissa is an essential part of Thunder Ridge Middle School, teaching social studies to our students and inspiring them to be the best they can be,” said TRMS Principal Angie Zehner. “Whether Melissa is working with her professional learning community, students, colleagues or parents, or coaching kids academically or supporting them emotionally, she does so with the best interest of each child in mind.”