Dr. Melissa Collins

Memphis, TN | Years Taught: 22

Dr. Collins emphasizes, “It is imperative to students’ learning that there is a positive relationship between students and teachers. My students feel comfortable in communicating with me, and they often share their challenges and successes. My students also know that their voices matter; therefore, my classroom is more student-led than teacher-led.”

Additional Recognition

  • 2017 • Global Teacher Prize Top 50—Varkey Foundation
  • 2017 • Shell Oil Company Urban Educator Award
  • 2015 • Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award
  • 2013 • Horace Mann Award, NEA
  • 2012 • Global Fellowship trip to South Africa, NEA Foundation
  • 2012 • Pearson Global Fellowship Award
  • 2008 • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching
  • 2006 • National Board Certified Teacher: Early Childhood