Melissa McKeown is currently working as a Primary -1 teacher (transition class between kindergarten and first grade) at John Lawrence Elementary School in Archdale, North Carolina. Mrs. McKeown was recognized as a Milken Educator while teaching third grade. Since then she has taught in a computer lab and served as an instructional technology facilitator assisting teachers with technology integration at six different elementary schools. Mrs. McKeown has extensive experience teaching workshops and presenting at local and national conferences. She has returned to the classroom and looks forward to teaching her young students to read and sharing with them her love for books.
I feel strongly that teachers need career opportunities like the ones described in the TAP program through the Milken Foundation. Many educational systems, I believe, can't see the forest through the trees, so to speak. It is widely recognized that change is needed, but the act of changing is almost impossible. It is simply easier to say "but this is the way it has always been done" than to look at the big picture and explore options for improvement.
I thoroughly enjoy the dialogue that occurs through the Milken Listserve. Thank you for this service and opportunity to keep in touch with other educators around the country.
1994 University of North Carolina - Charlotte, B.A.