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Michelle Legaspi

Michelle Legaspi – 2013 Meadows Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Michelle Legaspi enjoys enormous popularity as a first grade teacher at Meadows. She brings knowledge, insight, understanding, and an innate ability to connect with both children and adults in her class, grade level, school, and in the entire Meadows Community.
The supportive and child-centered atmosphere she creates in her classroom provides the setting in which children will venture predictions and take risks with their ideas and learning. They also experience the joy and excitement that Michelle brings to teaching and learning, and her students reflect her positive and joy filled personality.
Michelle is also very supportive of her peers, sharing technology and other strategies at staff meetings, serving on the School Leadership Team and on the District Teacher Evaluation Committee. She was also recently selected and serves as a Writing Workshop Trainer for the District. Though she is a leader in all of these capacities, Michelle provided the Teacher of the Year Committee with the following insight into her professional philosophy as an educator, “I feel like I’m a teacher in progress. I tend to never be satisfied. We are never finished learning.”
Michelle is a 2000 graduate of Loyola Marymount University and earned a B.A in Psychology and an Elementary Teaching Credential. She has the Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Technology. Michelle has taught for her entire career at Meadows, first in kindergarten and then in first grade. She was also a student teacher at Meadows and teaches today in the same room in which she student taught.
When selected as the Meadows Elementary Teacher of the Year, Michelle stated, “I am humbled and grateful to be able to represent Meadows Elementary as the Teacher of the Year. I work among some of the brightest and most passionate teachers in our field, and to be recognized is an amazing honor.”
Congratulations, Michelle Legaspi, the Meadows Elementary School Teacher of the Year!