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Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Breese, Melissa Ridge Intermediate

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Oct 2016
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The Teacher Spotlight is a weekly piece where we feature our leaders at Melissa Schools. Check back each Monday during the school year to meet a new teacher!


This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Neil Breese from Melissa Ridge Intermediate, nominated by Principal Tami Hayes. Mr. Breese teaches 4th Grade Reading, Writing, and Social Studies, and this is his first year in Melissa.

Learn more about Mr. Breese below!


Fun Facts:

  • In July of 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon, my Mom like the name Neil and named me after him.
  • I am a first cousin to James Fennimore Cooper, the author of The Last of the Mohicans.
  • I worked for 24 years in Graphic Design before becoming a teacher.

When and why did you decide that you wanted to become a teacher?

I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in high school. I had some great high school teachers who elevated my thinking and made a huge difference in my life. After many years in business, I finally decided to pursue my dream of being a teacher and hopefully a difference maker in the lives of my students.


What is your favorite lesson to teach?

I love teaching the writing process, especially revising. I tell my students that’s when we have the opportunity to transform our writing from good to great, from great to incredible. Incredible writers have the opportunity to move emotions in their readers. Knowing how to write at that level of expertise is a powerful skill to take with you throughout your life.


What is your favorite Core Value and why?

Integrity is the core value that serves as the foundation for a successful life. A person with integrity has the character attributes of loyalty, honesty, humility, and hope. For me, being a man of integrity means the people that know me best recognize those character attributes in my actions.


What is the best thing about being a Cardinal?

A Cardinal teacher is charged with teaching the whole child. In Melissa we teach our Core Values in addition to teaching academic subjects. Our students will leave Melissa ISD and enter into adulthood not simply knowing what to do in life, but more importantly how to live a successful life.


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Neil Breese is this week's Teacher Spotlight

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