Hey, I'm Melissa
As a little girl, I always dreamed of becoming a teacher. I would stand at my wooden chalkboard in my room and “teach” my group of stuffed animals lined up along the wall. Finally, I accepted my first teaching position in the year 2004 eager to change lives. It hasn’t…Read more
As a little girl, I always dreamed of becoming a teacher. I would stand at my wooden chalkboard in my room and “teach” my group of stuffed animals lined up along the wall. Finally, I accepted my first teaching position in the year 2004 eager to change lives. It hasn’t been a fairy tale by any means and has been challenging, but I am thankful for my time in the classroom and the relationships built with so many special students. I begin my 16th year of teaching next week! Luckily, I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of students over the years in many different content areas, including: science, music, dramatic and visual arts, English Language Arts, and special education. This year I am returning to the science classroom and couldn’t be more excited! My approach in teaching is to connect with each student in a unique way and allow and encourage them to explore using strategies and resources that work for each individual. My purpose is to provide a structure which fosters creativity, exploration, and discovery, while introducing new learning and guiding students through the process. I believe every student is unique and has his/her own ways of learning. Part of my intention daily is to help each of them find his/her individual styles and strategies and foster an environment where they feel successful and hopeful. One of the most rewarding experiences is witnessing a student connect the dots and make sense of the concepts taught.
“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” – Albert Einstein”
Central Middle School
16 Years experience
What will the funds be used for
Implementing the use of modern science technology in the classroom will encourage the students to be engaged and serve as a motivator for each of them to become seekers for answers to their many questions! Middle school students come to me with very little interest in science because often times they’ve had limited exposure to hands-on experiences with real-world science! Through experimentation and demonstration, they begin to understand the integral relationship between scientific theories, principals, formulas, symbols, systems, etc. and their everyday lives. Once they begin to see connections, the students become curious and open their minds into deeper pathways of thinking and learning. With these funds, I will be able to purchase updated technology and models for the students to utilize during hands-on activities, labs, and independent study. By giving them concrete tools to explore the areas of science, the concepts and knowledge becomes more REAL to them! With the rapid changes in technology over the years, our science lab and classrooms need updating in order to create the most realistic examples and give meaningful, powerful instruction. Our lives and circumstances are ever-changing; therefore, my desire is for my students to have exposure to the various resources and equipment our modern world has available. If this goal is met, I am certain our students will gain a deeper understanding of science all around us and a more meaningful experience in preparing them for the future. Help me refine their “everyday thinking”!