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Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Gobel, Melissa Ridge Intermediate


Apr 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 Kelli Gobel from Melissa Ridge Intermediate, nominated by Principal Tami Hayes. Ms. Gobel teaches 5th Grade Science and this is her thirteenth year in Melissa.

Learn more about Ms. Gobel below.

Fun Facts:

  • I have been teaching 23 years!
  • I am a Middle School Aerospace Scholar: Class of 2008. This was a NASA program for teachers that would help teachers integrate science and math into their curriculum. I spent a week at NASA behind the scenes meeting scientists and learning about their current projects. It was an amazing experience.
  • I trained with a local CERT team and received a certificate with a seal from Homeland Security for my volunteer hours. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team.

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

I have always wanted to be a teacher. When I was little, I would come home from school and “play” school. I would line up my stuffed animals and read to them from the Encyclopedia Britannica. My dad built a playhouse for me and I made it into a classroom.

What is your favorite lesson to teach?

My passion is geology. I love rocks! My favorite topics to teach are cells, genetics and the periodic table. I really enjoy our Engineering Club because the students are able to be imaginative and problem solvers. Our club is a great way for us to bring in parents, community, and businesses to share their expertise with our students.

What is your favorite Core Value and why?

HUMILITY: Accepting the fact that we are not perfect is a gift that allows us to move forward. Don’t worry about making a mistake. The true mistake is to never try.

What is the best thing about being a Cardinal?

The feeling of community is strong in Melissa and makes me proud to be a Cardinal.

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