The Canton Charge, powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, are excited to announce April’s winner of the Most Valuable Teacher of the Month presented by WGU Ohio is Abigail Messner from Avondale Elementary School.
Mrs. Messner teaches 3rd and 4th grade at Avondale Elementary School. She goes above and beyond for her students and made sure that every student and family had what they needed to be prepared for virtual learning this year.
Following the announcement, Mrs. Messner took a moment to reflect on what he enjoys about teaching and how the pandemic has just continued to help him grow.
- How have you been adapting to teaching in a new ways during these times and continuing to connect with the students
In my classroom we are typically working in small groups for the majority of the day. It has been a good structure for a blended grade level room so that I can work with small groups at different levels and allow students to work on their level continuously. This year, that model can’t happen in its usual form. It has been an adjustment to continue to meet individual learning needs/goals while keeping socially distanced. My class has adapted so well and have done an amazing job at being safe and working more independently.
- What has been the most meaningful moment in your teaching career?
Wow! That’s a big question! One of my favorite and most meaningful things is when a student accidentally calls me “mom.” As a mom myself I know how significant the mother/child relationship is for many children and when a student calls me mom by accident I like to think that it is a positive reflection of my relationship with that student.
- What is something you look forward to doing with your students every year?
I love reading certain novels (The Mysterious Benedict Society, Percy Jackson, etc.) with my class as read-alouds. It is so fun to introduce them to a new series or author that they may want to continue to read. I also began making balloon animals for my students on their birthdays this year and I get so excited to make and give them the animal they choose.
- What is a way that has stood out in which you were supported or learned from your fellow teachers and how important is that support system especially in these times?
I am so lucky to be part of the most amazing staff. We support each other in all things. My colleagues are always willing to share input, advice and resources. Just knowing that we are all on this boat together and that we can lean on each other and still have fun together is invaluable, especially during this past year of the unknowns.