Carl Melhorn announced as Educator of the Year by Camarillo Chamber of Commerce

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Each year the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce honors 10 outstanding individuals and organizations for the work they have done that year to make Camarillo a better place to live and do business. Camarillo benefits from such leaders and the Chamber of Commerce understands the importance of recognizing these individuals.This year the the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce chose Rio Mesa High School English teacher, Carlo Melhorn as Educator of the Year.

One of six children born to Robert and Ruth Melhorn, Carl is not the only teacher in the Melhorn family. A “genetic defect” has caused most of the Melhorn clan to become teachers, starting with his father who taught at the Naval Academy Prep School, his mother who finally retired from teaching at age 72, his sister Chris Mikles who teaches teachers how to teach math with the CPM company, his brother Bruce who, along with his teacher-wife Stacie, teaches middle school Math in Thailand and Carl’s wife Susan, who has been teaching for nearly 25 years.

Carl is currently involved with the teaching and activities at Rio Mesa High School, where he has been involved with teaching Freshmen and Sophomore English, starting and developing the Link Crew program which connects incoming freshmen to upper-classmen so that the freshmen feel like they are a part of the Spartan family, the Spartan of the Month program which honors student achievement both in and out of the classroom, and how has taken on the role of ASB director. In that position, he has been able to start new programs with the students, including “Brag Tags” for honoring student academic achievement, B & B Boutique, which loans out dresses and tuxedos to the formal dances for students who might not be able to afford them, and the Renaissance program which honors students who have raised their GPA .5 or more from quarter to quarter. In the past, he also had the privilege of coaching the high school volleyball teams at Rio Mesa for 7 years, both the girls and boys programs.

Carl’s teaching philosophy is simple: use the opportunities given to touch lives and impact futures. He has done quite well at that, as is seen in the number of students who continue to come back to RMHS and share some of their successes with him. He feels that allowing kids the chance to discover “right answers” in his classroom is more important than in his giving them the answers. To produce students who can become independent thinkers who contribute to their community is his utmost dream for all the students he has had the privilege to encounter in his classroom.

In his spare time (sic), Carl enjoys spending time with his family, notably his wife of 28 years, Susan, a middle school teacher at Monte Vista, their 25 year-old twin daughters, Whitney, who lives at home with them pending her upcoming wedding this summer and Margan, who is aboard the US Carl Vinson and is a Naval Aviator stationed currently in San Diego, where she flies helicopters. Golf with his church friends takes up some of his time, as well as sneaking over to Wood Ranch in Camarillo to wait tables. But after teaching, he hopes to put some time into his other dream job, becoming a voice-over actor.

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