Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 23 of 33
Melissa Kovac (NM '16) | Second-grade teacher, Amy Biehl Community School | Santa Fe, NM
Date of Award: November 2, 2016
Melissa Kovac likes to keep her students on their toes: She occasionally comes to school dressed as a bee, complete with antennae. At her surprise Award notification, Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, asked her why. Melissa said bees remind her of her students. "Bees work together to keep their hive functioning and use teamwork," she said. "In our classroom, we are a team and work together to learn." Melissa's proud students apparently have taken on another bee-like habit: They swarmed around her for congratulatory hugs before returning to their classroom.
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