Melissa Ehlers, teacher, Mississippi Creative Arts

“A former student is now one of the goalies for the Wild. When they left to go overseas, he came back to school and said, ‘I had to come say goodbye to my favorite fourth grade teacher.’ Those things really hit me hard, because I know I’ve made a difference. When kids come back to me, I knew I did something important in their lives.” ­ Melissa Ehlers, fifth grade teacher at Mississippi Creative Arts.