About Ms. Moyers
Melissa Moyers is a teacher in the Rockingham School District in rural Virginia. As a first grade teacher of 16 years, Ms. Moyers strives to build a love of learning in her students that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
“I see far too many little ones that want to give up before they even try, and I want them to know that making mistakes is part of the learning process,” says Moyers, “It is always my goal to instill a love of learning in my students and to make them believe in themselves.”
About Lacey Spring Elementary School
Lacey Spring Elementary is a Pre-K-5th grade school located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The school strives to prepare all 200+ children to be “creative thinkers and problem solvers, and for a technological future through the use of technology in the classroom.”
As a rural, Title 1 school, providing all students with a device is a major achievement. The lower elementary students all have their own iPads, and the upper elementary students have their own Chromebooks. Students also have access to the school's STEM Lab. Although the STEM Lab was closed this school year for COVID-19 mitigation, the resources were available from a mobile cart that could be brought to each classroom.
Helping their students build a growth mindset is a priority at Lacey Spring Elementary School. Teachers provide 30 minutes of Community Circle Time every morning. In Ms. Moyers's classroom, “We do read-alouds, and talk about how to keep trying and not to give up. We have a 'toolbox' of strategies to use when we feel anxious or scared.”