LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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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. 

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Comments (5)

Brittany Posted 10 days 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 10 days 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 11 days ago

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

Ashley Lafferty Posted 11 days 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 15 days 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.