Melanie Olney – Roy Elementary

Feb 26, 2014, 6:39 PM | Updated: Feb 13, 2024, 9:40 am

Animation of an award for the teacher feature special by KSL...

Good teachers are found behind the doors of most classrooms, great teachers leave their doors open, but wonderful teachers like Mrs. Olney take their students and their experiences outside themselves and their classrooms to experience more than those walls can hold.

Mrs. Olney, then, is the wonderful teacher who gives her students more experiences than are required by the state, more than the students, their parents, or their administration would ever expect…experiences that will change not only the students, but the senior citizens up the street, the homeless people in a neighboring shelter, and a chilly audience in the Christmas Park, filled with the carols the kids wouldn’t be singing without Mrs. Olney’s devotion.

Mrs. Olney takes her students to the nursing home just up the street to read to the older citizens, brightening the days with the smiles and talents of elementary students who have walked the few blocks, even on the coldest days, books in hand, to share their favorite stories.
Once their work is done in the classroom, the students gather with hat looms, picks, and boxes of yarn, some of which Mrs. Olney has purchased, and some donated skeins, making hats to be donated to the homeless shelter in Ogden.

On Thursdays before school, she gathers the volunteer choir to work on Christmas songs for a concert in the Christmas village, and into the winter the kids work on the school “musical.”

Everything she does is proof that she loves the kids, loves giving them more experiences than they would normally have within one school year, and memories, not just for the students, but for parents, siblings, community, and the less fortunate, all with devotion, caring, sincerity and joy.

As a former teacher, parent, and grandparent, I can easily say that Mrs. Olney is one of the most outstanding teachers I have had the privilege of knowing, and she is very deserving of KSL’s Teacher Feature.

–Diana Shinn

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Visitors stand at the closed gates leading to the Eiffel Tower, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 in Paris....

OLEG CETINIC Associated Press

Eiffel Tower operator warns the landmark is closed as strike turns visitors away for a second day

A strike at the Eiffel Tower over poor financial management turned away visitors on Tuesday for the second consecutive day.

4 hours ago

House fire in St. George. Initial investigations suggest it was accidental....

Derrick Jones

Family displaced after a fire in their St. George home

Emergency fire crews responded to a St. George fire after a passerby saw smoke from the garage of a home. 

5 hours ago

the front of a homeless shelter, budget plan utah...

Eric Cabrera

Salt Lake business leaders show support for governor’s budget plan to help homeless people in Utah

Leaders who approve of the budget plan said they had seen a huge difference in downtown Salt Lake over the past six months.

6 hours ago

UTA Frontrunner commuter rail. UTA Plans to address delays by updating cars and adding a new line t...

Curt Gresseth

UTA boss talks about train delays, says improvements coming

Despite frustrating delays, UTA has a 90 percent "on-time" record, says the executive officer.

7 hours ago

nikki haley shown, she will be in utah next week...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Nikki Haley to visit Utah next week ahead of Super Tuesday presidential caucus votes

Nikki Haley plans to hold a rally at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts on Utah Valley University's campus in Orem on the morning of Feb. 28.

8 hours ago

solar panel shown, solar power in utah is the major focus of a proposed law...

Heather Peterson

Bill focusing on solar power customers in Utah gets favorable recommendation in Senate committee

Right now, Rocky Mountain Power only credits solar power customers in Utah about 5 cents for the power they send back to the grid.

9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Melanie Olney – Roy Elementary