Melissa Prenger, third grade teacher at Loveland Elementary School (LES), was honored at the 2019 Celebrate Excellence educator recognition breakfast on May 3. The event, a prestigious annual scholarship fundraising event and ceremony by the Hamilton County Education Foundation, is an opportunity to honor public school educators of excellence throughout the county.
“Mrs. Prenger is not only an outstanding math teacher, but also passionate about spreading kindness in our school and community,” said LES Principal Jen Forren. “She has run a long list of ‘compassion projects’ and established the LES Kindness Council, which not only have helped develop empathy and compassion among the students, but also have provided leadership opportunities for our third and fourth graders.”
Over the past four years, Prenger has led the LES Kindness Council through a number of compassion projects to benefit others, including collecting backpacks for children in Haiti, collecting more than 10,000 pairs of socks for homeless shelters during “Socktober,” and sending more than 400 holiday “caring cards” to troops overseas.
“It is such a privilege to honor a teacher that empowers our Tigers to be kind and serve others,” said Loveland City School District Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse. “Mrs. Prenger inspires all of us and has had significant impact on adults as well as children over her years at Loveland. She has a heart of gold and we are so lucky to have her.”