Parents laud Bob Sikes Elementary kindergarten teacher

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 03:12 PM.

"I'm a mother. I teach them the way I want my children to be taught," Melton said. "It's not about the academics, it’s about how we treat each other."

Melton's impact as a teacher has even influenced one parent to become substitute teacher.

Jean Steele began volunteering in the class after her 6-year-old daughter, Allie, started kindergarten in Melton's class this year.

Steele previously had no notion for a career in education, but after seeing Melton's interaction with students, encouraging them to reach new heights, Steele started substituting at local schools in December.

"She gave me opportunities to work with the children," Steele said. "She would show me how to do things ... telling me that I was doing a great job and that I could  do this."

Despite the parents’ surprise, Melton said her passion for teaching is just part of her job.

 "This is what I am supposed to be doing," she said. "There really isn't one day when I don't look forward to coming here."

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