Teacher of the month: Melissa Gerard


Melissa Gerard, a Title 1 reading specialist at Franklin Elementary School, was selected as this month’s Feature a Teacher winner.

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Melissa Gerard, a Title 1 reading specialist at Franklin Elementary School, was selected as this month’s Feature a Teacher winner.

The Feature a Teacher Award, sponsored by the Journal-Courier and The Farmers State Bank and Trust Co., honors teachers who have gone beyond their normal teaching duties and distinguished themselves as leaders in the education.

She has worked with students from kindergarten through fifth grade for the past 21 years to improve their reading skills. She used reading recovery strategies and other methods to help students become better readers and writers. She has also helped work with intervention reading and math response groups.


“When working with students, she makes lessons fun and interactive. Students can be seen with their clipboards looking for words or playing a fun game on her Promethean board. When working on skills writing with students, they often use their family members as the subjects; it helps establish a strong connection to what they read and write, she encourages them to use their own experiences,” according to her nomination.

She does weekly benchmark tests on students to track progress and has led professional development activities and provided support to teachers. Gerard plays a key role in local ratings, has participated in book fairs and runs incentive programs to promote reading.

“She works hard to make sure our students know that reading to understand is a great skill, but reading for fun can be awesome and so much fun too.”

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