Melissa Barnes, Teacher of the Year for 2014-15
Melissa Barnes has been named Round Rock Opportunity Center's Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. She is a high school math instructor and teaches Algebra II, Geometry and Statistics.
"I grew up in Oklahoma with three brothers and one sister,"Barnes said.. "I graduated from Oklahoma State University ( Go Pokes !!) with a bachelor’s in Math Education. After graduation, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I taught high school math and coached basketball and track for 10 years. Briefly returning to Oklahoma, I taught middle school for one year. The past five years I have been at the Round Rock Opportunity Center, a place I believe has the best staff and students."
" In the midst of those years, I took some time off to have four beautiful daughters, who still keep me crazy busy. I can’t remember a time when I was not surrounded by children, either by my students at school or my own at home. I have loved every minute of it and wouldn’t trade it for anything."
"I still believe in the power of a teacher and the impact we have on our students. Even more so, in this day and age when everything is going technical, we touch hearts in a way no piece of machinery will ever be able to duplicate."