The Spotlight: Eydie Simpson


Oct 2018
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This week’s spotlight shines on Eydie Simpson. Ms. Simpson teaches 7th and 8th grade Honors Reading and she is the GT Coordinator at Melissa Middle School; this is her first year at Melissa Schools. She was nominated for The Spotlight by Marcus Eckert, principal at Melissa Middle School.

Eydie’s Fun Facts:

  • I enjoy vacationing in Colorado every summer.
  • My husband and I have worked on the same campus for 8 years.
  • I love making happy little spots (with lots of glitter) for my daughters, 3 and 7, to read.

Eydie Simpson with Students

Eydie Simpson and her students pose for a picture in her classroom.

When and why did you decide that you wanted to work in education?

Eydie: I’ve been inspired by the many educators in my family, and I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. The joy of seeing the connections that students make within the curriculum is what makes teaching worthwhile.

What is your favorite lesson to teach, or what is your favorite part of your job?

Eydie: Teaching historical fiction is a personal enjoyment of mine. I love that it gives the students new insights to real world events and allows for deeper conversation that they can bring back to their history classes.

Which of our core values do you connect with the most and why?

Eydie: “Hope – A gift to instill in our students and parents that we can build a brighter tomorrow.” As an educator, hope is what drives my classroom. Our society needs hope for a “brighter tomorrow.” It’s the most basic inspiration that helps me continue to strive to create future of successful members of society.

What is the best part about being a Melissa Cardinal?

Eydie: The best part about being a Melissa Cardinal is the family atmosphere. I’m so happy to be raising my children in a community that cares and wants all children to succeed.

The Spotlight is an ongoing feature where we showcase our leaders at Melissa Schools. Check back each week during the school year to meet someone new, or to get to know a familiar face.

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