Three Robbinsdale Area Schools teachers nominated for state Teacher of the Year Award

Three Robbinsdale Area Schools teachers nominated for state Teacher of the Year Award
Posted on 02/09/2018
Robbinsdale Area Schools teachers Colleen Crossley, Melissa Davey and Patricia Peuschold are three of the nominees for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award! The 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced May 6 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists.

Here is more about our nominees:

Colleen Crossley began working at the Adult Academic Program in August 2008. She currently teaches EL Transitions Literacy to adults in the day program at our Crystal Learning Center site. For the past several years, she has also conducted workshops for Minnesota ABE teachers in her role as a consultant for PANDA, the Minnesota Adult Basic Education disability specialists.
"The nomination gives me the chance to familiarize more people with the vital and wonderful field of Adult Basic Education," she said. "My journey to becoming a teacher began when I was in second and third grade. I grew very attached to the elementary teachers I had in those grades and wanted to be just like them. Many mentors encouraged me along the way, and I finally became a teacher at the age of 37. At times, I pinch myself to think that I really am living my dream. I strongly believe that education is the key to empowerment; I think that one of my strengths as a teacher is my ability to connect with students on a personal level, in part because I was once an adult student myself."

Missy Davey currently teaches French to grades 6 and 8 at Robbinsdale Middle School. She has been with RMS since the 2010-2011 school year and is currently in her 10th year teaching. During her time in our district, she has been a part of the AVID site team, MTSS implementation, taught PD, assisted with in-building technology integration, and she has coached Ultimate Frisbee at Armstrong High School and Plymouth Middle School.
"I am honored and thankful for those who have encouraged me to participate in the process," she said. "Teaching is an exciting profession demanding innovation, compassion, and creativity on a daily basis. I love the challenge of learning and growing alongside my students and colleagues. I also find joy in solving problems and working collaboratively in order to help all students be the best version of themselves. Teaching is an adventure!"

Patricia Pueschold has taught in Robbinsdale Area Schools for 16 years. She has been teaching since 1991.
"I am completely humbled and honored (by this nomination)," she said. "As a teacher, it is my calling to teach the importance of relationships in teaching and learning. I will always seek to engage, persuade, and inspire students to grow as critically informed and active citizens of the world.   The strengths that I bring to education are: creating positive change, respecting education, teaching others, forgiving those that do not know, and loving unconditionally.  As a result, I try very hard to change the future for the children who cross my path because it is my moral obligation to make my children successful!"

Congratulations, all!