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Brenda Messina

Position: Tenth Grade English Language Arts Teacher
School: Pontiac High School
School District: Pontiac School District
City, State: Pontiac , MI

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Brenda Messina was nominated by her colleague, Barbara Builta.

Ms. Messina always shows the following during her work day:

  • She has proven the ability to make a difference in the lives of her students.
  • During her several classroom changes, she was always concerned as to how her students would be affected by the move.  She also applied for funds to help her students by feeding them everyday when they were hungry with healthy snacks.
  • Ms. Messina always greets her students as they enter her room.  She always seems to know which ones need a hug along with their greeting.
  • She volunteers to work on several committees in her school.
  • Finally, her students also know they can tell her anything and she will help them as much as possible.

"As I see Brenda work each day, she expects her students to go beyond of what they think they are capable of, and they do.  She is a positive influence in all of her students' lives," said Builta.



Comments (3)


Sarah Maas Posted 3 months ago

Brenda is a wonderful mentor, friend and colleague to our staff. More importantly, she is a loving and caring teacher whose daily positivity is contagious. She takes care of every student as a whole by addressing their personal needs as well as academic needs. Her students adore her and seek out her motherly advice and support. She truly has been a life changer for our students.

David Posted 3 months ago

Brenda is an incredible instructor. She is always friendly and loving to both colleagues and students. I feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to work with her each day. Her internal motivation is an inspiration for me and provides me with energy. Brenda is awesome.

Cindy Robinson Posted 3 months ago

Brenda's energy and positive attitude is endless! She consistently has all the characteristics of an outstanding teacher worthy of any award...cooperation, compassion, patience, high expectations (of herself and students) and creativity.