Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Fielding, Melissa High School


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

This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Lori Fielding from Melissa High School, nominated by Principal Mike Carter. Ms. Fielding teaches Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, and Math Models and Applications. This is her first year in Melissa.

Learn more about Ms. Fielding below!

Fun Facts:

  • I lived in Colombia for a year right out of college.
  • I love to travel. I am slowly marking countries off of my list.
  • I love cooking (and eating!) I love trying new recipes out for friends and family.

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

I tutored part-time throughout high school and college, and I fell in love with it. There is nothing like that feeling a kid gets when they finally understand something that they’ve been struggling to grasp. I just knew I wanted to be a part of that process as many times as I could.

What is your favorite lesson to teach?

I love teaching factoring. It is one of those lessons that is a part of every level of math, from finding the greatest common factor of two numbers to factoring more complicated functions in Calculus. I also love the fact that in a group of students, each one could tackle the problem a different way and all arrive at the same answer. The more and more practice the students get with it, the more intuitive they become with the process and are able become more efficient at working their way through the steps.

What is your favorite Core Value and why?

To me, the most important Core Value is integrity. At the end of the end the day, your integrity defines who you are at your core and affects every decision you make. A person of integrity is trustworthy, responsible, and authentic. No matter what happens around them, they will remain true to what they believe to be right.

What is the best thing about being a Cardinal?

I love the community aspect at Melissa. There is sort of team mentality that carries over to the classroom as students are always willing to work together and help one another out.

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