2023 Mason Middle School Teacher of the Year

Kelly Tinsley

Please join us in congratulating Mason City Schools 7th Grade Teacher, Kelly Tinsley, on being named Mason Schools Foundation 2023 ‘Above and Beyond’ Teacher of the Year at Mason Middle School.

This month Mrs. Tinsley finished her 10th year of teaching. She has taught in Mason City Schools for 3 years and in the Middle School for the past two where she teaches 7th grade math and Comet connections. When not in the classroom Mrs. Tinsley enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband Jim spend many hours watching their boys’ sporting events, hearing all about Nintendo games and staying active. “I really enjoy being outside in all its forms but specifically hiking, kayaking and walking our dog, Obi,” she shared.

In the middle of her teaching career Mrs. Tinsley stepped away from the classroom to raise her three boys. During this time she was involved with Capernaum, an organization which gave her the opportunity to work with students that have special needs. Time with these students led her to pursue a special education certificate prior to returning back to the classroom. This along with “helping my own son navigate school also gave me perspective on how to best include students that typically struggle through the school day,” she shared. “I am always looking for ways to create class communities where all can contribute and grow.”

“Mrs. Tinsley is the definition of a saint on earth!” was expressed by one parent in her nomination. Another shared, “Our child has experienced severe mental health challenges and Mrs. Tinsley helped them not only recognize that they are not only safe and stable at school but capable of greatness.” The nomination went on to show how impressed parents were that Mrs. Tinsley would call home prior to the start of the school year to discuss a child’s needs. She always responds to team emails when a counselor or other teacher could easily address the situation instead. And, she works tirelessly to ensure her students feel safe and loved. When a student began to excel academically parents shared that they never thought it would be possible. “Mrs. Tinsley recognizes that mental health comes first and if managed we can progress learning,” they said.

After presenting Kelly Tinsley as Teacher of the Year she humbly shared, “I feel very fortunate to be in a district that values innovation and inclusive education. The teachers at MMS are so creative and fiercely committed to doing what is best for students. I am definitely a better teacher because of my time in this building.”

Kelly Tinsley clearly goes ‘Above and Beyond’ daily for her students both in and out of the classroom. She exudes the values of The Foundation and it was our honor to present her as Teacher of the Year at MMS!“

The Mason Schools Foundation has been a constant positive presence within the Mason community,” Mrs. Tinsley shared. “Their efforts have made a meaningful impact in lives of all connected to Mason City Schools. I am just so grateful for the gift and the award.”

Congratulations again Kelly Tinsley, Mason Schools Foundation 2023 ‘Above and Beyond’ Teacher of the Year.

Collage of Kelly Tinsley

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