Every issue we’re picking a Community Hero to interview and feature in The Loafer. We are extremely proud to announce that this week our Community Hero is Melissa Stork!
Melissa was a police officer here in Johnson City for five years. After a few years she realized that she wanted to have children. While working swing shifts as a police officer she would not be able to be at home with her children so Melissa decided to go back to ETSU to get her education degree.
Growing up, her dream job was inspired by her Brother-In-Law who worked on the Utah Highway and would always tell young Melissa about his exciting job. In second grade she decided that she wanted to be a police officer and she did it, as of today she has been teaching for 21 years. Melissa also volunteers at animal shelters to walk the dogs.
To Melissa, a hero is someone who puts others ahead of themselves and is always willing to help others. Growing up her hero was her mother who raised four girls mostly by herself and never let any of them know about any of the hardships the family was going through. Melissa says that her mother was always there for her.
Teachers face everyday challenges at school, Melissa says “Teachers must teach the whole child. A teacher cannot teach a hungry child. Teachers wear many hats.
We are teachers, counselors, nurses… You need to know your students and connect to each one. North Side Elementary School has the best teachers in the world. All of them, are caring and love their students!” Her biggest challenge in life was fighting breast cancer, but after chemo and surgeries she beat it.
We asked Melissa what she was most proud of and she replied “I am most proud of my children. I am
also proud of my students when I know they understand what we are learning. Love to see that “ I can do this” smile.”. Melissa would also like to add that her school is very thankful for Muncey Church for partnering with north side.
We would like to say a very special Thank You to Melissa Stork, for your service as a police officer and for your many years as a teacher.
by Katlin Buchanan