Melissa Turner, Winner of the 2022 Bay Teacher of the Year Award

2022 Bay Teacher of the Year Award

Melissa Turner

Teacher at Thompson Middle School (Newport, R.I.)

Melissa Turner has been an All-Star Bay educator for over a decade. Melissa is always looking for ways to have her students participate in our education programs, especially when we had to pivot to virtual learning. 

Melissa engaged her students in watching all of the Breakfast By The Bay episodes we created during quarantine. After each virtual program, she would have students do an activity based on our lesson and then send us their work. 

Melissa always makes time to participate in our feedback groups, and even participated in our strategic planning process. 

Her commitment to environmental education and engagement with Save The Bay’s curriculum more than earns her the title of “Teacher of the Year.”

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.