Willard Elementary’s Ms. Melanie Gray Wins 2024 Excellence in Teaching Award

In a remarkable achievement that underscores her dedication and impact, Ms. Melanie Gray, a distinguished 5th-grade teacher at Willard Elementary School, has been awarded the 2024 Teachers of Excellence Award by the Rotary Club of Pasadena. This prestigious accolade highlights Ms. Gray’s exceptional commitment to fostering an inclusive and high-achieving educational environment.

With over 20 years of experience shaping young minds, Ms. Gray has consistently gone above and beyond in her teaching career. Her efforts have not only enriched the learning experiences of her students but also brought significant resources to Willard Elementary. Through securing numerous grants, she has introduced culturally responsive education materials, enhancing the school’s curriculum and ensuring that every student feels seen and valued.

Willard Elementary School, recognized as an IB World School, is known for its emphasis on collaboration, critical thinking, and global awareness. Ms. Gray’s innovative teaching methods and her ability to create a positive, engaging classroom environment align perfectly with these values. Her passion for education and her students’ success is evident in everything she does.

The community is invited to watch a special feature on KLRN Pasadena that showcases Ms. Gray’s outstanding work and her profound influence on her students and colleagues. This video provides a glimpse into why Ms. Gray stands out as an extraordinary educator who truly deserves this honor.

Congratulations to Ms. Melanie Gray on this well-deserved recognition. Her dedication and excellence continue to inspire her students, colleagues, and the entire Pasadena community.

Watch the video on KLRN Pasadena to see why Ms. Gray is a shining star in the field of education!

Willard Elementary School, 301 S. Madre St., Pasadena, (626) 396-5690 or visit https://willard.pusd.us/.

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 396-3600 or visit www.pusd.us.





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