Melissa Menges has been named Holmdel High School’s Teacher of the Year.
She is in her 10th year at HHS as a special education math teacher. Currently teaching Algebra I, she has previously taught Algebra II, LLD Math and resource level math courses.
After the busy school day ends, the energetic educator gets busier, fulfilling the role of coach for the fall and winter cheer squads and the girls’ flag football team in the spring. As a class advisor, she is also involved in planning school fundraisers and events such as the prom.
She attended Marist College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Special Education. A Master of Education from American College of Education and a Rutgers University Supervisor Certificate were added to her resume later.
Her family moved to Holmdel when she was in the fourth grade. She graduated HHS in 2010 and was a member of the football and basketball cheer squads. Several family members are also HHS alumni, including two brothers, several cousins and her mother who graduated in 1982.
In her leisure time, Menges enjoys Zumba, Cricut crafting, gardening, working on home renovation projects and spending time with family. Watching football on the Holmdel sidelines and on television is a favored diversion for the Hornets and Seahawks fan.
“I love teaching in the school district that I grew up in because I am invested in the school culture and community,” Menges said. “It is an honor to now work alongside many of the teachers who inspired me to pursue a career in education. Building relationships with students is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love making connections with students beyond the academic aspects of school and seeing students overcome challenges, develop confidence and achieve their goals.”
Holmdel High School Principal Matt Kukoda said, “Through her time as a teacher, Ms. Menges has demonstrated how effective she is in providing timely and effective communication with her students, their families and administration. She has built and maintained strong relationships that help build trust and growth with her students. She has proven that she is a reliable team player and has shown through her involvement in various committees and responsibilities that she is able to effectively collaborate with a variety of stakeholders of all different backgrounds.”