Melanie Howard Named Glenwood Teacher Of The Year

Melanie Howard

From left: John B. Gregory, Julie McMullen, Ashley Salazar, Dr. Chad Lang, Dawn Hillyer, Trisha Nanfito, Melanie Howard, Bailey Dinsmore, Dr. Devin Embray, Heidi Stanley and Tiffany Harger of the Glenwood Community Schools Foundation. The photo was taken at Sunday’s ceremony.

Melanie Howard, a language arts instructor at the Glenwood Middle School, has been named the recipient of John A. Gregory Teacher of the Year Award, given annually to a Glenwood Community School District educator.

The award is sponsored  by the Glenwood Community Schools Foundation and Farm Bureau Financial Services agent John B. Gregory, son of the award’s namesake.

“The John A. Gregory Teacher of the Year award recognizes and honors teachers who go above and beyond to meet the needs of Glenwood Community School District students,” a press release from the foundation stated. “The award aims to recognize that teachers face many challenges every day in their classrooms, and to promote public recognition and respect for the teaching profession.”

Four teachers in the school district were nominated for the award - Howard, Bailey Dinsmore (Glenwood Community High School), Trisha Nanfito (West Elementary) and Dawn Hillyer (Northeast Elementary).

Howard, who will be entered in the Iowa State Teacher of competition, received an honorarium award of $500 Farm Bureau Financial Services and a matching donation of $500 from the Glenwood Community School Foundation for use in her classroom or content area.  Dinsmore, Nanfito and Hillyer each received an honorarium award of $100 from John B. Gregory.

John A. Gregory began his 37 year teaching career in Pacific Junction and then moved to the Glenwood School System where he taught history until his retirement.  He had a passion for working with children and took great pride in the development and structure of their education. He had a gift for connecting with his students, teaching content while making it fun, and for setting high expectations for his students that they wanted to uphold because he inspired them to be better.  He was consistent and caring and every student knew that they mattered and had great potential. Mr. Gregory was also a coach of various sports, the director for the summer recreation program and served as the Athletic Director for many years. His focus was about making a difference for the youth in our community – in and out of the classroom. This award recognizes Mr. Gregory’s dedication to the teaching profession and his influence on the lives of the thousands of students he taught.


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