Melissa J, always enamored politics, not surprisingly, majored in Political Science while in college. She even went so far as to enroll in additional courses her junior and senior year, as electives, so that she could earn a concentration in American Government. She wrote (and enjoyed doing so) countless essays and papers geared towards politics and government while in college. She went on to work on local and state political campaigns during the summer of 2000, in Virginia. Interestingly, she also has a family member who is a United States State Senator...Today, Melissa thoroughly enjoys teaching 8th grade Civics because of all the exciting topics she and her co-teacher get to teach. They include: Political Parties/Elections, 3 Branches of Government, and Checks and Balances. She is also excited it is an Election year, as it will most definitely continue to be a year in politics that no one has seen before!