Star Teach of The Week: Melissa Holland of Tanglewood Elementary

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Star Teacher of The Week Melissa Holland

This week’s Star Teacher of The Week highlights an act that goes above and beyond a teacher’s job description.

Kindergarten teacher Melissa Holland is teaching from home—but is making sure a computer is not the only way her students are able to communicate with her during this difficult time.

Holland teaches at Tanglewood Elementary—and has a lot on her plate during this pandemic being a mother of three herself—but that doesn’t stop her from making her students feel special.

“Right when the pandemic started and we all went to elearning—I mailed every single student a letter to let them know I missed them and we would be doing schooling differently. I included an envelope with a return address with postage paid so they could write back,” said Holand

She even managed to make some special visits to her kindergartners with birthday bags and delivered all her students a book while social distancing.

“I google mapped all their addresses and it took me two days to deliver all their scholastic books to them.

But that doesn’t supplement being in class together—and she says it’s been tough on everyone.

“I miss seeing them just hugging each other and telling each other how much they love them. And I miss their hugs.” Holland said.

So she found a way to unite them all with virtual hugs.

And although Ms. Holland might not be in the class with her students—they are still holding her very close to their hearts.

“If she was here right now I would say I love you Ms. Holland and I would give her a great big hug,” said one of her students.

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