Meet the Teacher
I grew up in Southern Minnesota in the communities of Nicollet and Mankato and am a graduate of Mankato East High School. After high school, I joined the United States Navy and served for five years aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). The ship was stationed in San Diego, California. During my time aboard the ship, it deployed twice to the Persian Gulf - once in 2000 and again in 2001-2002. My second deployment provided direct support for the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign in Afghanistan. After completing my tour of duty I returned to Mankato.
In 2007, I received my Bachelor's degree in 5-12 Social Studies Education, History and a Minor in Dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato.Over the past eleven years, I have taught many different social studies courses including United States History, World History, Minnesota History, Global Geography, Human Geography, U.S. Government, Economics, Social Problems, Psychology, T.V./Media and You, and Current Issues. From 2008-2011, I taught part-time for Mankato Public Schools at West High School and Central Alternative School. For the 2011-2013 school years, I served as the ninth-twelfth grade Social Studies teacher for, Marshall East Campus Learning Alternative (MECLA), the alternative learning center in Marshall, Minnesota. In the 2013-2014 school year, I taught sixth grade Minnesota History and two sections of seventh-grade Physical Education at Maple River Middle School. The 2014-2015 school year was my first year teaching at Maple River High School. I taught ninth grade Human Geography/U.S. History I, tenth grade U.S. History II, and senior Social Problems. In the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, I taught ninth grade Human Geography/U.S. History I and senior Introduction to Economics/Social Problems. During the 2017-2018 school year, I taught eleventh and twelfth-grade Introduction to Economics and twelfth grade U.S. Government. Since the 2018-2019 school year, I have taught tenth grade Human Geography, eleventh grade Introduction to Economics and twelfth grade U.S. Government.
During the summer of 2012, I completed a three-year experience as a cohort member for the Minnesota River Valley: Rich in American History program, which was funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant. This program offered travel experiences to the Washington D.C., Gettysburg, PA, Harpers Ferry, WV, and Richmond, VA areas and provided excellent training and resources for teaching American History.During the summer of 2014, I completed coursework to gain Leading Edge Certification (LEC) in blended and online teaching. LEC is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Throughout the course, I gained skills in how to effectively facilitate online and blended courses and an understanding of how to enhance the learning opportunities for all students enrolled in my classes. Please feel free to visit my LEC website: https://sites.google.com/site/melanieurbanlec3/.In the fall of 2016, I received the VFW Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year award for grades 9-12, from VFW Post #5338 in Mapleton, Minnesota. In May of 2017, I received news that I was selected as the Statewide winner of the award. My portfolio was then passed on to the National competition, where I was selected as one of the Top 10 high school teachers in the nation. With this honor, I received a scholarship to attend a summer Graduate Seminar at Freedoms Foundation, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The seminar topic was Heroes and Heroines in American History and included an introduction to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation's character development teaching program and resources.During the spring of 2018, I received the WEM Outstanding Educator - Ethics in Education award.Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little bit about me.Melanie M. Urban