Bright and warm elementary school teacher embraces family culture in the classroom
This story is part of a series that celebrates outstanding educators within the Flipgrid community. Stories by Angela Tewalt.
I bet if you were in the Hilliard, Ohio, area, Melisa Hayes would have you over for dinner.
She’d greet you in the driveway, smile warmly and make you feel welcome, and, come goodbye, she’d call you family.
Melisa is a wife, a mother of two teenage daughters and a second-grade teacher at Avery Elementary School, a place where her door is always open.
“It is completely family-oriented here, and the kids talk about their family often,” says Melisa, who has been teaching for over 20 years. “The parents are in it the first day. They can come in my room anytime. There’s no appointment – just walk in! Community members, same way. I love to invite people to our read-aloud days and invite them through Flipgrid if they can‘t make it in.”
For Melisa, Flipgrid is family, too.
“The ideas I get, the chats we have together and all the amazing educators who have taught me so many things along the way – it’s worth all the money in the world,” Melisa says. “For a teacher, Flipgrid is like winning the lottery.”