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Teacher of the Day

Name: Melissa Markowitz

School: Burr Elementary

Subject: Second grade

State: CT

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

As a first year teacher myself, I would tell other new teachers to just take a step back and relax. Planning and classroom management are the most important parts of being a teacher but don't try to take on too much at once. Things will get easier as the days go along and you will be learning while your students are learning. Recognize that each individual student is unique and get to know your students on a personal level. That way you can cater to each of their individual needs.

What’s the nicest thing a student or colleague has ever done to help you?

I work with a great team of teachers who are always willing to share ideas and materials. There have been countless times that other teachers or colleagues have helped me with planning and support.

What was the last (non-academic) book you read?

Hunger Games

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be doing?

If I wasn't a teacher I would love to be a detective. I love solving puzzles and watching Law and Order and CSI and would love to be a crime solver (without all the police work and action parts).

What TV show are you most embarrassed about loving?

"Jersey Shore"

What is the most challenging part of teaching?


My best day in the classroom was when…

My class won the science fair my first year teaching.

What’s your secret snack indulgence?



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