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Robbinsdale 2019 Teacher of the Year

Life & Earth Sciences Teacher at Sandburg Middle School Named Robbinsdale Teacher of the Year
Posted on 05/15/2019
Billie Pace-Graczyk-MelsonBillie Pace-Graczyk-Melson, Life and Earth Sciences Teacher at Sandburg Middle School, was named the Robbinsdale Area Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year during an evening ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, hosted by the Seven Dreams Education Foundation and Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers.

“Robbinsdale Area Schools has high-caliber, high-quality teachers. We had a strong field of candidates this year; we couldn’t have asked for a finer person to represent the district than this year’s winner,” said Peter Eckhoff, President of Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers.

Ms. Pace-Graczyk-Melson is committed to academics, rigorous student thinking and student success. She believes students learn best through hands-on, inquiry-based learning and through building meaningful relationships with her students. She is a fifth-year secondary science teacher, and currently teaches Life and Earth Science at Sandburg Middle School in Golden Valley, Minn.

“Our students are the true winners by having Billie Pace-Graczyk-Melson as their teacher! Students are actively engaged in rigorous, inquiry-based learning. She facilitates student-directed learning, where students have choice and control,” said John Groenke, Principal at Sandburg Middle School.

Ms. Pace-Graczyk-Melson earned a degree from Drake University in BioChemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and holds a 5-8 General Science and 9-12 Life Science teaching license. In addition, she has previously worked in a pharmacology and toxicology lab at Michigan State University, as well as lived and taught English in China. In her spare time, Ms. Pace- Graczyk-Melson enjoys activities with her spouse and two children; she has finished multiple Ironman races.

Ms. Pace-Graczyk-Melson was one of four finalists for this year’s honor. Other nominees included Gretchen Enselein-Kramer, Robbinsdale Middle School; Maren Mayo, School of Engineering and Arts (SEA); and Kristen Mueller, Cooper High School.