November Teacher of the Month: Melinda Bowden

Each month, Marshall ISD celebrates the outstanding contributions of our faculty at our campuses to the overall educational experience of our students. These professionals work countless extra hours at home, on weekends, and over holiday breaks with one focus in mind -- to make MISD and their campus Marshall Proud and Maverick Strong for our students.

The Teacher of the Month for November 2017 at William B. Travis Elementary School, as selected by Principal, Mr. Loyed Jones, is Melinda Bowden, fifth-grade Science teacher.

"Melinda provides hands-on Science learning that engages all students," Mr. Jones said in his nomination of Ms. Bowden. "She models leadership and problem solving with staff members, and I often find her assuming responsibility when she sees a need. Bottom line, her students enjoy learning in her class, and that is the hallmark of a great teacher, creating an environment that leads to students to seek and enjoy learning."

bowdenTeacher: Melinda Bowden

Hometown/High School: Paris, TX/North Lamar HS

College/Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology; Master of Science in Kinesiology - both earned at Southern Arkansas University

Grade Level/Subject(s) Taught: Fifth Grade Science

Family: Husband Travis Bowden; children Alaina (13) and Weston (5)

Hobbies/Things I like to do in my spare time: "Attending my children's games and activities; hunting, and anything outdoors."

What made you want to enter a career as a teacher?: "I originally began my career as a coach and teacher because I loved the idea of impacting lives of young people through sports. I stopped coaching after seven years to spend more time with my family."

What  do you see as your most important role as a teacher?: "I feel that my job is so much more than only teaching Science. I believe the most important role I have is preparing students for a successful future and guiding them to be contributing members of society."

Who were some of the most influential teachers/educators in your life?
"The most influential teachers in my life were the ones that showed their students how much they cared. Also, because I was so involved with sports growing up, some of the most influential educators throughout my life were my coaches."

What do you enjoy the most about teaching and serving specifically at your campus?: "I love the students of William B. Travis! they have worked very hard so far this year to showcase their talents and abilities in the classroom."

What are some things you hope to accomplish in your career? Future plans?: "I will graduate in May 2018 from The University of Texas at Tyler with my Master's in School Counseling. I hope to continue to impact the students of MISD in a positive manner as a counselor in the future."
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