Teacher Spotlight: Meet Melanie Amatetti, Otisville Elementary first-grade teacher

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Melanie ArmantiMeet Melanie Amatetti, Otisville Elementary first-grade teacher!

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

My favorite aspect of teaching first-grade is the amazing growth that the little ones make from the beginning of the year to the end.  It still amazes me that I teach young humans to read. I LOVE what I do!

Why do you believe in and support the work of the Minisink Valley School District and what it does for the community?

Minisink Valley is a unique district that strives to keep a family feel.  It incorporates such a variety of people, but the differences are hard to label and the mixture is the key to our success.  When I left college in 2001, Minisink Valley was the “hot spot” where everyone wanted to be hired.  For me it is a gift and I am proud to call it HOME!

Minisink Valley is all about its community and the serving of; it is our heartbeat. We strive, as a team, to give our students the best education and experience possible.  I am grateful for sharing my work day with such talented individuals.

How has this pandemic refocused the work you do every day?

To be honest, the pandemic has taught me not to be stubborn. I have not always been a fan of technology, and I would do anything I could to get out of using it. Now, I feel like I know another language. It has made me a better educator and I am definitely more current using technology.  It also solidified my choice to be a teacher.  I absolutely would jump through any rings to have the privilege of working in this profession.

What do you want to say directly to the community about the importance of your work?  

As an educator, I feel it is my absolute privilege and responsibility to guide all of my students, and this community,  toward a lifetime love of learning. We are never finished learning and we all must cherish our ability to use logic and problem-solving skills to get through even the worst of times and or problems. No person is ever alone as long as they can pick up a book.  It will amaze you to find that we are all more common than we are different.