Melody Arabo

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Michigan Teacher of the Year 2014

Walled Lake, Michigan

Melody Arabo has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, both from Michigan State University.

She has been married for 13 years and has three children—an eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old twin boys. In 2008, she was named Keith Elementary’s Teacher of the Year and Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2014.

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Posted Feb. 9, 2015

A Teacher Gets Honest About Common Core: ‘Standing Still Will Never Get Us Anywhere’

No one can argue the value of higher standards. Who wouldn’t want kids to be college-and career-ready? Thus, I have…

By Melody Arabo

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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