PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophia Academy today announced, Melissa Moniz was recently surprised with the Golden Apple Award from NBC10, Hasbro and the Rhode Island Department of Education. Member of the Sophia Class of 2017 nominated Moniz for the honor.
“Mrs. Moniz made us human calculators,” the graduates stated in their brief interview with Patrice Wood of NBC10.
Under Moniz’s direction the math program at Sophia has grown to focus on a student’s individual strengths and needs to build confidence. This attention combined with extra instructional time has resulted in every student completing Alegebra 1 by the time they graduate.
“We are ecstatic for Melissa to receive this honor – she is a tremendous teacher, colleague, friend and mentor to so many in the Sophia family,” said Gigi DiBello, head of school. “Our entire faculty is a tremendous team that has created a wonderful culture of learning at Sophia for all of our students.”