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Melissa Bauer

Jan 08, 2018 03:12PM ● By Caley Breese

Photo by Tony Lewis, Jr.

St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Glen Burnie

Years Teaching Overall: 17

Years Teaching at St. Paul’s:

Currently teaching
: Kindergarten

Proudest teaching moment:
“It is hard to pick just one! I had one student whose family was not Christian. She soaked up each Bible story and taught them along with the different prayers we learned in class to her family. She was a little missionary!”

Teaching Philosophy:
“I believe my role as an educator is to help develop the children in every aspect of life: socially, emotionally, physically, academically, and spiritually. I am blessed to teach at a Lutheran school where I can share my faith in Jesus with the students and His love for them. Each child has the capacity to learn, and it is my job to find out how they learn best. I also believe in the independence of children. If there is a task that they can do, it is more beneficial to let them do it rather than taking over.”

Toughest challenge facing educators:
“The toughest challenge as a kindergarten teacher is to keep the curriculum developmentally appropriate amidst the desire to push kindergartners ahead. Some children might be ready for pencil and paper tasks and reading, but definitely not all of them. To overcome this challenge, I incorporate play throughout the day. The students can learn so much through discovery and interacting with their peers.”

"Mrs. Bauer is a shining beacon of light at our school. As an educator, Mrs. Bauer creates an environment that promotes learning, compassion, safety, and fun. Her solid faith in the Lord is also a major part of this environment. Her children learn not only the subjects of a kindergartner but more importantly do so marinated in the love of Jesus Christ. She truly loves what she does and this is so evident in the success of her children and the admiration of their parents. By creating thoughtful and meaningful lessons, Melissa remembers to bring fun in the fundamentals of learning. She uses all the tools at her disposal to vary the method of learning. This allows her to customize the lessons to the strengths of her students while being sensitive to the needs of all. One only has to see the joy on her face to see how she loves her school children. This attitude is an excellent example for the parents, fellow teachers, and the staff of St. Paul’s to follow.” —Julie Bourgeois, Principal