305 USD Honors Teachers


The Salina School District USD 305 honors its teachers of the year.

According to the district, Tina Layton, a fourth-grade teacher at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School, and Melanie Hammond, a science teacher at South High School, were selected as $305 Teachers of the Year. The Salina School Board honored them at their regular meeting on Tuesday.

Elementary Teacher of the Year: Tina Layton, fourth grade teacher at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School

Tina holds a degree in Music Education and Elementary Education from Wichita State University. She holds an approval for English for speakers of other languages. She began teaching at Northern Valley Schools in Almena, Kansas as a music teacher for two years before joining Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School (MLR). She has worked as a science lab and writing lab teacher, at-risk reading teacher, and for the past 16 years has taught fourth grade. She was part of a team that created English units for teaching fourth grade, was a benchmark assessment system trainer, worked on the Elementary Curriculum Academy team and contributed 305 USD in many other teams. Tina is committed to education, continues to improve her own education, and continually improves her student-centered teaching in her classroom.

“Tina is continually committed to professional development and lifelong learning. She has great relationships with her students, colleagues and family,” said Deena Hilbig, Principal of MLR. profession beyond the classroom, tutoring students of all levels in his spare time.”

Tina works very hard to establish a strong relationship with her students. “I try to learn more about my students through observation, sharing in class meetings and conversations,” she explained. “Every child is different and comes from a different home and background. When students need extra support, I make sure to find that support, whether it’s what I can do in class or bringing in outside help. Her students know that they are all valued and important in her class.

Secondary Teacher of the Year: Melanie Hammond, science teacher at South High School

Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Kansas State University. She taught science for 20 years at South High School while earning certification as an English Learner, Assistant Girls Swim Coach, SADD Godmother, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Student Council . She is a mentor teacher and building representative for NEA-Salina.

Melanie enjoys working with at-risk students and ensuring that each student feels loved and cared for. His teaching incorporates real-life examples and experiences that they can apply later in life. Melanie explains, “I try to develop students’ problem-solving, critical-thinking and argumentative skills so they can be successful in whatever career path they choose. »

She greets her students at the door as they enter each day and creates a positive learning environment. She has excellent technology skills, is creative and a positive influence in her school.

“Melanie really cares about her students, is enthusiastic and compassionate,” explained Charles Kipp, Principal of South High School. “She goes out of her way to support the continued growth and success of students. »

Mélanie is convinced that learning never stops. This inspired her to pilot standards-referenced grading, otherwise known as the measure of student mastery of well-defined goals, at South High. With her colleagues, she developed the multiple assessments for each standard, the proficiency scales to measure student mastery, and the communications to reinforce understanding.

Melanie wants people to know that the teachers really care about the students they teach. “We’re not doing it for the money, or because we couldn’t have done something different. We teach because it is our passion.

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USD 305 photo: Melanie Hammond (left) Tina Layton (right)


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