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Melissa Hopkins

Photo of ambassador Melissa Anne Hopkins

Where do you teach? Cedar Grove Elementary (Bullitt County)

What subject(s) and/or grade(s) do you teach? 5th grade- Reading and Social Studies

How long have you been teaching? 22 years

Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher because I love to teach and help others. Teaching offers an opportunity for me to contribute to the development and growth of students. I find fulfillment in knowing that I play a role in shaping the future of my students.

What has been the best part of teaching that you didn’t expect when entering the profession? The best part of teaching is seeing former students excel in life. Former students who have accomplished so much in life whether it be a successful career or a growing family.

What is one thing you wish non-teachers knew about what you do? I wish non-teachers knew that education has greatly changed in the last 20 years. Each student is unique, and adapting your approach to meet the diverse needs of your students is crucial for fostering a positive and effective learning environment.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a teacher? My greatest accomplishment as a teacher is seeing my students succeed.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t teaching? My favorite thing to do when I am not teaching is spending time with my family in the backyard working in my Monarch Waystation garden.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would love to visit Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback.

What are your social media handles? FB & Instagram @kymelissa.hopkins, X (Twitter) @kylissa