Kmetz Named 2023 Ohio Teacher of the Year

CORTLAND, Ohio – Melissa Kmetz, a third grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in the Lakeview Local Schools, has been named the 2023 Ohio Teacher of the Year.

With nearly two decades as an educator, Kmetz is beginning her 17th year teaching English language arts. During her time at Lakeview Elementary, she is known for making learning connections that go beyond the classroom.

In addition to her instructional role, Kmetz frequently leads projects that connect school, families and the community. Each year her students participate in projects to uplift and help others while educating students about the world. Throughout her career, these projects have included support globally to help those experiencing hunger, helping individuals impacted by natural disasters, helping with the wishes of terminally ill children, creating comfort kits for children in foster care and supporting local animal shelters.

“Melissa Kmetz is a remarkable teacher who opens up worlds of wonder for her students and embodies educational excellence in Ohio,” said Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens. “She gives students the building blocks to be lifelong learners and shows how they can make a positive difference for their classmates, neighbors and individuals across the globe. She takes time to build relationships with every child and their families and connects her classroom lessons to projects that demonstrate real-world problem-solving, kindness and care.”

Kmetz grew up in Campbel and graduated from Campbell Memorial High School. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in early childhood education and earned a MSE degree with a specialty in reading, both from Youngstown State University. Kmetz began her teaching career in the Salem City School District, where she taught kindergarten and first grade. She began teaching in Lakeview Local Schools in the fall of 2006.

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