LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Melissa Morris

Position: Music Teacher
School: James Madison High School
School District: New York City Department of Education #22
City, State: Brooklyn, NY

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Melissa Morris was nominated by one of her students.

"Melissa was my first guitar and music teacher. I met her as a freshman in high school," explains the student. "I am now a professional guitarist and music teacher. She started me on my path. I cannot thank her enough for the education and guidance she gave me over the last 25 years! I am now an accomplished performing musician with a musical family and school that stemmed from Melissa. My school is the New York Guitar Academy and has been in business for 12 years. It was rated the top school in NYC for guitar classes and lessons from Time Out New York. I also have a family band that has over 250,000 followers on Instagram and has been featured on many media outlets. My family band is the Quarantined Quartet

"Melissa is my life-changing teacher and person. I am blessed to have her in my life," said the student.


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Comments (5)


Leah Hanley Posted 3 days ago

What a beautiful story about the difference a music teacher can make!! Congratulations, Melissa! You earned it many times over.

David West Posted 4 days ago

This is a touching story of what a difference a single teacher can make. Congratulations to Melissa Morris and this inspired and anonymous former student and accomplished musician.

Judy Conti Posted 4 days ago

So unspeakably proud of my magnificent cousin Melissa!!!

Marnee Morris Posted 4 days ago

Way to go! Every moment spent teaching and learning is a moment to be celebrated! You ROCK! I am so proud of you and your ability to persist and build up others. HUZZAH!

Melissa Morris Posted 5 days ago

I am BLESSED to have you! Each and every one of my students have been incredible "teachers" for me, changing my life as well! Together we make magic happen each and every year. Thank you for this incredible honor of your time and thoughtfulness in writing this nomination. I am truly humbled by this gesture. <3 While your name is not listed here, I know just who you are ;) and I love knowing that we have been connected by music throughout the past 25 + years, even in the years when we lost touch. I so love that we are once again united by music and by our love of teaching others the art of playing guitar. :) You make me so proud to be a TEACHER!