WALLED LAKE, Mich. (WXYZ) - State Superintendent Mike Flanagan named a Walled Lake school teacher Michigan Teacher of the Year Thursday.
Melody Arabo, a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary School, was selected among 238 applicants statewide for her achievements in the classroom.
“Melody is a dynamic example of our Michigan teachers," Flanagan said. "Her child-centered approach to learning ensures she is meeting the needs of all her students. We look forward to her continued contributions to teaching and learning.”
Arabo, an alumna of the Galileo Leadership Academy, was also selected for the NEA-sponsored Master Teacher Project as one of five from Michigan. The program allows for 96 of the nation's best teachers to share their teaching practices and ideas.
"Being selected as a Master Teacher is an amazing accomplishment that I am very proud of," Arabo said. "However, my greatest accomplishment so far is being considered to represent the state of Michigan as an effective teacher in preparation for citizens of the world."
From Arabo's achievement, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will receive $1,000 to help advance education.
For teachers to be selected as Teacher of the Year, they must submit biographies as well as essays describing their teaching philosophy and history.