Lexington Educator Honored at Frankfort Awards
Melanie Trowel has been named Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Originally a student of biochemistry at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, she got the call to teaching from a mission trip to Louisville.
“I was able to do something and make it fun and exciting, and I didn’t realize what I was really doing. And I realized, I wanted to teach," she said.
After graduating from Queens, Trowel moved to Lexington to study at the University of Kentucky. Since earning a special education degree, she has taught in Fayette County for 14 years. Currently, she teaches at Carter G. Woodson Academy, a 2-year old program that focuses on getting at-risk African American boys into college. Trowel says a big focus is teaching lifelong skills.
“My science content may not be the most important thing on their plate but me teaching them to think, teaching them to work in groups, teaching them to problem solve; that, they can carry on for the rest of their lives," she said.
In addition to Trowel, two high school teachers were honored by the Department of Education. Scot Gill of Tates Creek and Catherine Vannatter of Bryan Station were among ten semifinalists for overall teacher of the year.