Melissa has taught humanities at Friends School of Minnesota since 2009 as long-term substitute, teaching assistant and, in 2011, as a full time humanities teacher. She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth (Teaching Social Studies with a Political Science Concentration). Before coming to FSM, Melissa taught middle school students in Columbia Heights, Fridley, and New Brighton.
Melissa is from a small town on Lake Superior and loves to go back to the lake whenever she can. She is fascinated by nature and takes opportunities to share outdoor experiences with students. She loves being creative, journaling, and enjoys spending time with her dog or in her garden.
"In order for students to see the value in the content being studied, teachers must create opportunities for students to apply their skills to real-life situations. Learning should go beyond the classroom. When students can see the impact of their work on the community, education becomes authentic."