Melanie Mello, German Embassy Teacher of Excellence
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Posted by: AATG
Melanie Mello, of St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana, received
the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award at the AATG’s recent meeting in Orlando. The award is granted by the
German Embassy to up-and-coming German teachers for excellence in teaching,
creativity, outstanding dedication, and enthusiasm for the German language.
Melanie Mello is a dynamic language teacher who constantly seeks
innovative methods for maximum student engagement and learning. Her success is
evident in the revitalization of German at Saint Joseph’s High School, where
the number of students enrolled in German I doubled in the last five years
since she began teaching.
She works closely with departmental colleagues to develop student-based
outcomes, and employs a broad variety of techniques to ensure student success,
including having students write and film a detective mystery. Music, podcasts,
cartoons, and television provide authentic input.
Melanie Mello engages students by making German relevant to their
personal interests and to the broader world. Students participate in "Das Bild
der Anderen,” a Goethe-Institut project. Her classes connect with other
students of German through emails, sharing personal experiences along with
cultural aspects of their respective countries. One student remarks, "Frau
Mello’s class — a highlight of my day!” Colleagues and students alike find
inspiration in Melanie Mello.