Melissa Urbain recognized by her peers for her professionalism and compassion
On May 14, 2014, Melissa Urbain, an eighth grade teacher at John Muir Middle School, was named the San José Unified Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Urbain teaches English language arts and Inside Intervention classes.
Ms. Urbain’s was recognized for guiding and encouraging her students academically while also nurturing their growth into young adults. “Melissa is the true definition of what its means to be an advocate for students, especially for students who need more attention and love,” said John Muir principal Gloria Marchant. “She is dynamic, gets things done, and when asked what makes her happy, she says, ‘What makes me happy is to help students and teachers.’”
At the May 14 event, San José Unified and the San José Teachers Association recognized 38 teachers who were named Teacher of the Year at their school site. Nominated by peers, these teachers were selected because of their instructional excellence, devotion to students, and contributions to a positive school climate.
Each site nominee was then interviewed by a panel of peers and administrators to determine the District’s winner.
“This is my favorite day of the year,” Superintendent Vincent Matthews told the audience. “We celebrate teaching and the people who make a difference in the lives of our students every day.”