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An Award-Winning Approach to Education

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards have been honoring outstanding early care and education teachers since 1994. This year, for the second year in a row, Malvern School teachers were among the honorees from around the country!

One of the 2022 Teacher Award recipients is Ms. Melissa Bussell, Preschool 1 Lead Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at The Malvern School of Montgomeryville, who is known for her child-centered approach to teaching.

“When you win an award for one of your true passions, it leaves a teacher like me speechless,” says Ms. Melissa. “Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. It’s filled with moments you will remember for a lifetime because of the impact you’re making every day.”

With a Bachelor’s degree in education studies from Gwynedd Mercy University, nearly a decade of experience in early childhood education and the additional responsibility of mentoring her fellow teachers outside of her own classroom, Ms. Melissa is certainly making a difference for her students and school community.

Learn more about Ms. Melissa and her award-winning approach to education in the Q&A below!

TMS: What’s your teaching philosophy?

MB: My teaching philosophy centers around meeting each child’s individual needs, helping each child build self-confidence and supporting each child’s learning capabilities so they can do their best. I pride myself on being a role model for my children, showing them how to treat others the way they want to be treated. I always make sure my children feel comfortable, are being heard and are thriving on a daily basis.

TMS: Why did you choose to dedicate your career to early childhood education?

MB: I have had a passion for teaching ever since I can remember. I love knowing that I’m a part of a child’s story and making a difference in their lives. The children look forward to coming to school, and I love making them feel loved, welcomed and safe when entering the classroom. Not only are the children learning from me, but I’m also learning from them each day. Teaching young children gives you a different outlook on the world.

TMS: Why have you chosen to teach at The Malvern School specifically?

MB: The Malvern School is not only a place where everyone thoroughly enjoys teaching young children, but is also a place where you gain a sense of community. I enjoy talking to parents and learning more about the children individually. I then have the freedom to plan my lessons around what the children might need or interest them specifically.

TMS: What does being a recipient of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Award mean to you?

MB: It’s such an honor. To not only be nominated, but to actually win this award proves the hard work and dedication that I put into teaching preschool. Teaching young children has always been a dream of mine. To see the effort I put into teaching each day turn into a recognition like this leaves me speechless and reinforces that I’m where I’m meant to be.

Kudos, Ms. Melissa, for representing The Malvern Way!

 

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