Peters Teacher of the Year
Melissa Paschall, multi-age first/second grade
Peters Elementary teachers named Melissa Paschall their 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year; she teaches multi-age first-second grade students.
Paschall started teaching at Union in 2005.
“I had taught at Broken Arrow and Owasso and never felt like I was home,” Paschall said. “I am a graduate of Union High School class of 1993 and also attended Peters as a child kindergarten through sixth grade.”
The proud Union lifer loves to teach and reading is her favorite subject.
“I love to see a child’s excitement as they move up reading levels…especially levels they have been working so hard to achieve,” Paschall said.
“My mother inspired me to become a teacher,” she said. “She taught elementary school for 28 years before retiring. She also inspired my brother and sister to be teachers. The three of us teach in the public school system in Oklahoma.”
Teaching may be in family’s blood but it is still challenging at times.
“The biggest obstacle I face in my classroom is juggling my time to make sure I meet each child at their own individual level,” Paschall said. “No child comes with an instructional manual. It is my job as their teacher to meet and exceed individual needs and make them feel successful as a student.”
Paschall said she hopes to continue to teaching well into the future,
“I want continue to provide a high caliber of teaching to students” she said. “I plan to continue to attend professional development trainings, to keep my mind open and continue to embrace new curriculum and teaching strategies.”
Paschall graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree in early childhood education.