Melanie Drotleff Receives 2007 Linda Rader New Teacher of the Year Award

April 13, 2010

Melanie Drotleff, a 2006 graduate of Mount Union College, was recently awarded the 2007 Linda Rader New Teacher of the Year Award.

Drotleff, a native of Salem, has been teaching 6th grade language arts at Southwest Middle School in Gastonia, North Carolina. She landed the position when she met a recruiter for Gaston County Schools at a job fair in Cleveland last year. As a result, she and ten other students from Mount Union relocated to the area to begin their first teaching assignments.

She was selected from among 488 other teachers in the county eligible for the award, after being nominated by her principal, Jacob Barr, and her mentoring teacher, Susan Adams.

After being nominated, the teachers were interviewed and then observed in their classrooms. The award was determined by a panel of judges, composed of Gaston County school officials, a previous recipient of the award and last year's winner. Drotleff and twenty other finalists were honored at a reception, where they received plaques.

Drotleff served as a volleyball coach in the area and completed her student teaching requirements at Alliance High School. While at Mount Union, she was a member of the varsity women's indoor and outdoor track teams. She is the daughter of Tom and Sue Drotleff of Salem.

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