2023 Winner

Vivian Meléndez

Rhodes College & Career Academy

10th Grade Mathematics

“Vivian is truthfully the most dedicated and talented teacher I have worked with. She is deeply committed to the relentless reflection, improvement, and innovation of her craft. ... She only sees possibility. Her impact goes beyond her own students—she is treasured by all.”

Vivian Meléndez is an Algebra I educator at Rhodes College and Career Academy. Vivian’s 20+ years of teaching experience expands from Puerto Rico to Buffalo to Cleveland, where she has taught for seven years in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Besides her mathematics teaching license, Vivian holds a bilingual endorsement as well as a TESOL  endorsement.  Vivian strongly believes that education is the greatest change agent in a person’s life. As an educator, Vivian strives to create equitable access to learning for all her students.

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