Melissa J has been teaching for over 10 years and has worked with kids who range in age from 4 up through high school. She has taught in rural (poor and well-to-do), urban, and suburban areas. She has worked with kids who come from wonderful, supportive homes, who put food on the table each night, and she has worked with kids who have been beaten, neglected, and who have to school starving for food-and attention. She has worked with kids as young as 4th grade who have been suicidal, and as young as 1st grade who have been diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia. She has worked with students who are bi-polar, have ADHD, have anxiety, are depressed, have eating disorders, have learning disabilities, visual impairments, cognitive disabilities, are Autistic, are non-verbal, have physical impairments, and who are oppositionally defiant and otherwise conduct disordered.
On the flip side, she has 2 children of her own, and she knows what it's like to have 2 kids under the age of 3! She does know what it's like trying to balance work and family life, especially when she's the only parent home most nights, due to her husband's work schedule.