Melissa has been a humanities teacher at FSMN since 2011. Before that begining in 2009 she was a long-term substitute and teaching assistant.
She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth (Teaching Social Studies with a Political Science Concentration). Before coming to FSMN, Melissa worked in a day program with young adults with developmental disabilities. She also taught in a charter school in Columbia Heights/New Brighton for four years.
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, cooking/baking/homebrewing, journaling, and enjoys spending time with her dog or in her garden.
"Why teaching? That's easy. It's all about the kids. I am fortunate to spend my days with them, and honestly, I am in continuous awe of them. They are intelligent, creative, playful, awkward, and honest. They have ideas and important things to say. It's our job to empower them by facilitating discovery of themselves, others, and the world around them."