The Montana chapter of NNSTOY (MT STOY) aims to promote teacher leadership that will impact student learning by elevating the teaching profession through purposeful, non-partisan engagement in state-wide activities and conversations related to education.

Melissa Romano


After learning she had become the 2018 Montana Teacher of the Year, Melissa Romano had to get back to work. She was preparing for an event at Four Georgians where she teaches. According to 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year Kelly Elder, it is just an example of what makes Melissa such a successful educator. “She goes out of her way every day to contribute to her students and her colleagues to make her school a better place to teach & more


Mentorship: A Path Towards Teacher Recruitment and Retention
My first years of teaching in eastern Montana were both rewarding and challenging.  Being a new teacher and having the autonomy to make decisions... read more
Cultivating a Culture of Change in Small Schools
In a small town, the fire chief might also run the gas station and serve as the local pastor. Parents of school kids might see teachers at the post... read more
Teacher Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Humanities
As teachers, it is so easy to get trapped in our own little worlds.  Out of habit and convenience, we often choose to focus solely on familiar... read more
Listening, Learning, and Leading
My personal teaching philosophy has always been about listening. I believe if I listen to my students, I can honor their wisdom, perspective, and... read more
Fundamentally Changing Teacher Professional Development
I had the great opportunity in 2017 to serve as a panelist for a policy forum titled “Does Investing in Teacher Professional Development Make a... read more

2018 Montana State Teacher of the Year Finalists:

Judith Boyle, Judy Vincent