Hey, I'm Melissa
I have been teaching for 20 years, married for 26, a mother of two children, and a grandmother to four beautiful children, soon to be five! I attended the State University of NY at New Paltz, where I got my Bachelor' Degree in Education and moved to Florida in 1999,…Read more
I have been teaching for 20 years, married for 26, a mother of two children, and a grandmother to four beautiful children, soon to be five! I attended the State University of NY at New Paltz, where I got my Bachelor' Degree in Education and moved to Florida in 1999, where I began teaching. I then attended the University of Phoenix for my Masters Degree in Supervision and Leadership. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th ELA & Math, 7th Math, 8th Math, and Algebra. I volunteer as a Board Member to Marjorie's Hope, with the donation of 3500 backpacks to all Pasco County needy students, and at a free clothing boutique for all Pasco County Board employees.
I continually am amazed at my students. They strive to achieve so much with so little. I have always taught at a Title 1 school where the poverty rate is steadily increasing. Many of my students come from broken homes, being raised by a grandparent(s), a parent incarcerated, and more, and often arrive to school hungry and look forward to seeing a constant in their life.
I strive, every day, to be the one person in their life that they are able to count on. I give them a lot of responsibility, but know through creating a personal connection, they will always achieve success. During lunches, I will often have students eat lunch with me, so that we are able to "get to know one another" on a more personal level, rather than an educational level, as they often are looking for someone who will listen and not judge, but also give some gentle advice. During the school year, I offer free tutoring twice a week, so they are able to advance in mathematics.
In creating a warm environment in the classroom, through flexible seating and decor, the students feel valued and know they aren't required to sit in a class that is stagnant and "old With your generous support, I will be able to create this warm and inviting environment for all 125 students, on a daily basis.
"It's going to be hard, but hard does not mean impossible" - unknown”
Chasco Middle School
Port Richey, FL
21 Years experience
What will the funds be used for
The funding will aid in the purchase of flexible seating options for my 8th grade middle school math students. Our students are our future adults and as adults we make decisions on a daily basis, from where to eat to what furniture to put in our homes. Students need to be able to have choice as well, while developing into adulthood. With flexible seating, students will have choices from sitting on a rubber disc at a coffee table height table, to standing at a bar height table, to either work independently, duo, or group.
I would like to purchase an adjustable drafting table, a rolling dry erase board, a bench, several throw pillows, four stability balls, a high top table and chairs, square ottomans, four to six stability cushions for chairs, lighting options (small desk top ones to large floor lamps), four bean bag chairs (preferably the Big Joe), two to three small end tables or c-tables, two area rugs, and some greenery.