St. John’s Elementary presented the Diocese of Toledo 2021 Golden Apple Award to Melissa Myers surrounded by her family and the elementary faculty at the Delphos VFW. (Photo submitted)
St. John’s Elementary presented the Diocese of Toledo 2021 Golden Apple Award to Melissa Myers surrounded by her family and the elementary faculty at the Delphos VFW. (Photo submitted)

DELPHOS — St. John’s Elementary presented the Diocese of Toledo 2021 Golden Apple Award to Melissa Myers surrounded by her family and the elementary faculty at the Delphos VFW.

The Golden Apple is an annual Diocesan award given to seven elementary school teachers and two high school teachers throughout the diocese who exemplify the mission of Catholic education.

Myers is a teacher-minister leader at Delphos St. John’s Elementary. She has been a leader amongst the faculty in our Elementary School for the twelve years I have served as principal. Myers has dedicated all 22 years of her teaching career to DSJ, and during that time has had such a positive impact on the academic, spiritual and emotional development of the hundreds of students she has taught.

Myers had served as the chairperson for the Licensure and Professional Development Committee for the Elementary School for twenty years. She took great pride in making it a priority that each of her colleagues had the proper professional development to become innovative in their classrooms, and remain up to date in their teaching credentials. In the past five years, she has taken on even more of a leadership role on our faculty and staff. I believe this demonstrates strongly her commitment to our first line of the Credo: “As Catholic School Educators, we believe that our Catholic School is not only a school but a Community of Faith,” and also the last line of the Credo, “As Catholic School Educators, we believe the purpose of education is not only for personal growth and the development of society, but for the Transformation of the world.”

The three major leadership positions she took on were:

1. The Steering Committee Chairperson for our Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association’s School Improvement Plan process for St. John’s Elementary and High School;

2. The elementary teacher on our Reopening Committee this past summer planning for students returning to in person school during the pandemic; and

3. A trained facilitator for the Resident Educator program. The amount of hours outside of the classroom Myers put into these three roles without ever expecting anything in return are countless.

Myers also demonstrates on an annual basis the desire to learn new and innovative ways to instruct and help her students learn. This past school year for instance, she became the teacher who learned Google Classroom through and through and offered training sessions for her colleagues to help prepare us for teaching students remotely as well as in person.

Two years ago, she sought out the most up-to-date training in Orton Gillingham methodology in order to help students in her classroom with unique multi-sensory learning issues, including dyslexia. She is now a Certified Tutor from the Institute of Multi-Sensory Education. Myers understands the needs of our school community and tries to seek out research based training and methods to utilize in her classroom and share with her colleagues.

Myers is also an excellent role model to her students, demonstrating how to be a great servant leader in her community. She serves as the head of our school’s St. Jude’s Math-a-thon every school year and has helped our students raise over $55,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital during the past 10 years. This is perhaps the most important lesson she can teach her students each year in order to carry out our Catholic School Mission.

By being around Myers every day, her third grade students, and her colleagues see a true picture of servant leadership and how they are called to serve others.