Melissa J's undergraduate degree is in Political Science, with an additional concentration in American Government, and a minor in History, with an emphasis on U.S. Government. Her background within those academic disciplines provided her with many opportunities to write formal essays and research papers. Truth be told, she was writing formally before college. Melissa's mother was an English major, and as early as 4th grade, she was teaching Melissa how to write formal reports for school. This included book reports in 4th grade and science reports in 5th grade. She taught her the note-taking process, how to seek out important information within sources, how to organize the information succinctly, the importance of writing a rough draft, editing, and then producing a final copy. By the time she was in high school, writing research papers truly was no big deal! She did a better job at teaching and explaining the writing process than her English teachers did. When Melissa was in college, she consistently preferred writing papers to studying for tests. It was much more rewarding to research and write about a specific topic, than memorize information, only to spit it back out on a multiple choice test. In fact, by the time she was a junior in college, Melissa was editing and proofreading my friends papers for them-something that came easy to me. After college, Melissa went on to receive two Masters degrees. One Masters is in Corporate and Professional Communication, and the other is in Curriculum and Instruction, specific to Special Education. Not surprisingly, during the time she was in graduate school, she continued to write research papers, including a meta-analysis. In order to receive a Masters in Communication, Melissa was given a series of essay questions to answer, in writing. She then had to defend her written answers orally to a panel of 3 professors. Melissa continues to write today. She regularly writes and develops Individual Education Programs (IEP's) for students, which are legally binding documents. She also writes behavioral and academic reports for school staff, parents, and outside resources (such as doctors and mental health professionals).
1. Political Science/U.S. Government/Election News/Current Events 2. U.S History 3. Education (General Education and Special Education, grades Pre-K through 12th Grade) a. Assessment and Testing (informal/formal) b. Topics In Special Education c. Behavior Management d. Lesson Planning e. Differentiated Instruction f. Collaboration with School Staff g. Mainstreaming and Collaboration h. Autism i. Mental Health Issues in Children and Teenagers and how these issues affect schooling 4. Mental Health Issues and the Effects on Family and Relationships (including substance abuse/addiction)
Besides teaching, Melissa loves being able to spend quality time with her family. She has 2 daughters ages 4 and 1.5. Her husband is a police officer, and works 5-6 days/nights a week. Family time, even if it's just the girls and her, is priceless!
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