The Lely High students get an opportunity once a year to determine who has served them the best.
This year they chose Aaron Melvin, Social Studies teacher and Lyndsey Dombroski, guidance counselor.
Cosponsoring the awards were the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Eagle. For 10 years the two have joined hands to recognize a teacher and support staff person whom the students say have made a positive impact on their academic and personal life while attending Lely.
Presenting the awards were Joyce McFarland, president, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and Bob Sandy, Marco Eagle general manager.
About Melvin, students said:
“Uses sense of humor and present-day situations to make the class interesting.
“Helps the students as much as he can with a positive attitude.
“Treats everyone fair and gives us the chance to do better.
“Makes personal connections with most of his students.
“Makes the classroom a welcoming environment.
“I have learned a whole lot from this teacher and I enjoy attending the class.
Melvin has taught at Lely for four years.
“I’m shaking, I’m shocked, excited and honored,” Melvin said of the award.
Melvin reiterated what his students said when asked his philosophy on teaching.
“I try to be accommodating, try to allow students to take positive risks,” he said. “I also try to provide an environment compatible to learning.”
Students equally appreciated Dombrosky’s efforts.
“She is always willing and available to help students when there is a problem or issue.
“Helped me with my senior year and got me ready for college for years to come.
“Knows so much about our school.
“Has a lot of patience while helping students.
“Sincerely cares for the students.
“Makes you feel welcome and you can always talk to this person.
“Has always led me on a great path and helped me with other references.
“Deserves the ‘Student’s Choice’ award.”
Dombrosky credits her abilities with having first taught math at Lely before becoming a guidance counselor.
“I think it really helped to have been in the classroom, being able to see the teaching and counselor perspectives,” she said. “I try to nurture them and provide a safe haven for them to grow and not have to worry. I am shocked, thrilled and very appreciative.”