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Melissa Artz

Position: EIP Science and math 7th grade
School: Thomas County Middle School
School District: Thomas County Schools
City, State: Thomasville , GA

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Melissa Artz was nominated by a family member, Julie Warr.

Mrs. Artz has shown strong efforts in her community, school environment, and professional development. Mrs. Artz strives to excel in any activity that is given to her, whether it's providing students with a place to have that is safe and caring, or giving them a challenge and pushing them to become the best individuals in their communities. 

Mrs. Artz looks for ways to motivate students and make learning fun, applicable, and meaningful. Many of her students come from homes that do not give much support or have the ability to provide for their children. Having an enriching classroom experience at school, especially in the middle school setting, will often determine if students will have positive attitudes towards later learning experiences. Mrs. Artz provides these positive settings to raise her students' self-esteem, which is so important at this time of their development. 

Mrs. Artz has also participated in many clubs and organizations in her educational growth. She built a recycling program at her high school, participated in a teaching sorority in college, and served as a member of Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Georgia Association of Educators, and Council for Exceptional Children. She also sponsored the ASL club, student council, and after-school Bee Smart tutoring. Additionally, she volunteers with many community activities that keep her busy with her family, as well as many of her students. 

Many times, you can see Mrs. Artz and her own children in her classroom well after hours getting ready for tomorrow’s lessons. She brings in guest speakers to do hands-on activities with the students, such as dissecting “pigs hearts” to demonstrate the functioning of how hearts works. She gives students activities that will help them understand and remember the concepts taught. Mrs. Artz looks outside the box to provide well-thought out activities for her students. This year, she is providing alternative seating in her classroom to provide opportunities for students to learn in different environments to the best of their abilities. 



Comments (17)


Amari Posted 14 days ago

Mrs. artz is amazing and I love her I think she is the best teacher i the world!

Diane Kaplan Posted 14 days ago

Mrs. Artz is amazing! She is dedicated well-rounded and extremely knowledgeable. She always goes the extra mile with the students. She’s very motivating and I thoroughly enjoy helping her with her ASL class. Her calm patient demeanor makes learning easy She keeps a pleasant relaxed atmosphere to learn in.

Treanyan Samuel Posted 14 days ago

Mrs.Artz help with my math and all my missing work she is the best teacher ever she is a nice person she is good at math she the best teacher ever

Amari Posted 14 days ago

Mrs. artz is amazing and I love her I think she is the best teacher i the world!

shakimehabryant Posted 14 days ago

Mrs. artz really nice and kind she helped me and when i need her she respectful she not like other teacher who racist or mean or who just pick she understand us we all like friends we make each other happy and smiles she treat us like like her kids she buys the class snakes even if we not behaving which some kids should do even if she mad she still love us Every morning she happy and joyful never sad never mad or upset she always smiling and laughing

Cameron Mcintyre Posted 14 days ago

Ur the best teacher I ever had, u and Mrs.Hunnewell are one of the only teachers that give a second chance. Ur kind and generous but if the class dis behave ur not. Ur class is fun and helpful.

yahri harrison Posted 14 days ago

Mrs.Artz is an absolutely amazing teacher! She makes sure every single one of her students understand what she is teaching before moving on to another lesson and students are very lucky to have her if you ask me.

JaBarri Posted 14 days ago

Mrs.Artz is always giving bus second chances.

jayden Posted 14 days ago

she is the best teacher ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Butler Posted 14 days ago

Mrs artz is the best teacher that i have ever had. She has helped me with so many things.

Jason Taylor Posted 3 months ago

I first met Melissa Artz 3 years ago and she has been a “Life Changer” for my son i’m so many ways. You will not find a more dedicated, passionate, patient and selfless individual. It is so easy for teachers these days to get bombarded by what the school administration and state education administration demands from them that they forget about the kids needs in front of them. I can confidently say that Melissa is not one of those people. She has checked on our whole family during the school season as well as through the summers. She is a sort of a superwoman... She balances her own personal life, work life, & obvious love for those less fortunate in a way that no one else can. Melissa Artz is the definition of Selfless and the best role model I know for a “Life Changer”! Thank you Melissa for all that you do!!!

Colleen Erskine Posted 3 months ago

Melissa is an insightful teacher who goes above and beyond every day to support her students academically, socially, emotionally, and provides them with a comforting environment where they know they are valued.

Brittany Posted 3 months ago

I’ve known Melissa for almost seven years now. Knowing Melissa has changed my life. She is one of the kindest people I know. She goes above and beyond for her family, friends, and her students. She works studiously and loves each and every student she comes across. She is one of the best people I know and I’m so glad to have such an amazing person in my life.

Mary Arnold Posted 3 months ago

Melissa has a big heart and I am blessed that I know her I moved to Thomasville last year and she has been such awesome teacher to my son Calvin and now that he is in High school she is still there for him and helping him you don't meet to many teacher that still continue to be there for your children and for that I Thank you so much Melissa.

Amy Posted 3 months ago

Mrs Artz is a caring teacher who goes above and beyond for each of her students!

Ashley Lafferty Posted 3 months ago

Melissa has been such a blessing for my children. She not only shows the love she has for her students at work, she loves them unconditionally after hours as well. She’s always been so charismatic towards every situation revolving around her “kids” and radiates joy in all walks of life. I’m so proud of the woman she’s become, the teacher she is, the mother she is, and most importantly, the friend that she is to my family. She’s been a life changer since the day she was born, and there’s not a better nominee for this out there.

Bettie Prestridge Posted 3 months ago

Melissa Artz, is one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever known. She always goes above and beyond what her normal duties are. She makes her class an interesting place to learn, for all kids. She helps her students in and out of the class room, with many community activities. She is a compassionate and loving friend as well as a great teacher.