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December 8, 2017
COLD HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S MELANIE S. CALLAHAN NAMED
KAPPA DELTA PI TEACHER OF HONOR
(INDIANAPOLIS)—Melanie S. Callahan, Teacher and Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at Cold Hill Elementary School in London, Kentucky, is the latest recipient of the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. Callahan joins a select group of educators who have been recognized with this honor.
A teacher at Cold Hill Elementary since 2014, Callahan’s responsibilities extend beyond her classroom walls. She began as a visual and performing arts teacher and later added the role of world language teacher. Along with directing the Fine Arts program, she also is drama coach for the school’s newly established “ShowStoppers” theatrical troupe, as well as coordinator of World Languages and Global Competencies for K–5 students. Callahan was tasked by Principal Jason C. Faulkner to facilitate the school’s learning according to the National Core Art Standards for Art, Music, Dance, and Drama. In this role, she has worked to provide students opportunities to participate in creative and performing arts instruction.
“Melanie Callahan [is] an invaluable member of the Cold Hill family. She has worked diligently to make our school better in all aspects of [the] educational spectrum,” Faulkner stated. A candidate for National Board Certification, Callahan initiated a Creative Spanish Learning series for the school district’s 11 elementary schools, focusing on connecting language instruction to artistic expression and social/cultural interactions. As part of Cold Hill’s direction toward becoming a bilingual school, she developed Creative Spanish interactive dual-language booklets and is currently creating curricula for Creative French and German instruction. This curriculum has been showcased at the district and state level.
Callahan holds a Rank I certification in elementary education, is a Kentucky Teacher Scholar, and was a 2016 recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates fund for education. She was a Teacher of the Year finalist from the Laurel County Chamber of Commerce in 2003. With a bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a master’s degree in teaching, Callahan is currently pursuing certification in humanities from Harvard University’s Edx program.
In procuring grant funding, Callahan has ensured that students have greater access to the arts, with high-quality arts integrated throughout the curriculum. This addresses “a multitude of components that [she] has orchestrated in order to address various critical needs within [the] school,” added Faulkner. Callahan is author of the book The Penny Loafer Mystery: A Kittie O’Blakely Story, published in 2017 for middle grade readers. Early in her career, she spent time working as a pharmaceutical sales representative before returning to the teaching profession.
Kappa Delta Pi established the Teacher of Honor award in 2008. To earn this designation, an educator must have more than 3 years of classroom teaching experience; demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom; and submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service, and exceptional contributions to the education profession. The award recognizes teachers of all levels, from early childhood instructors to university faculty members. To learn more about the designation, go to http://www.kdp.org/recognition/teacherofhonor.php.
About Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of nearly 40,000 worldwide.