Written by Carina A. Brunson Friday, 07 June 2013 07:00
MISSION — Melissa Clarke, a second-grade teacher at Lloyd and Dolly Bentsen Elementary in Sharyland Independent School District, said the first time she was in front of a class, she knew she was home.
Clarke was recently named SISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.
She graduated from a bible college in Pennsylvania in 1985. She thought she would then go into teaching, but she got married, moved and had kids. She decided to stay home and raise her children and go wherever the family led her.
It wasn’t until years later she found herself in the McAllen area, divorced, with nothing to do. She didn’t know anyone and didn’t have a job.