About me

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My Philosophy
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My core values of care and faith, lead me in my work with administrators and teachers. I believe that building strong relationships is paramount in teaching, as well as in coaching. I want my colleagues to know that I truly care about them, and hope they can trust that I see them as an equal partner in our work, as we learn together. 

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“Melissa is an outstanding literacy coach who has a strong command of content, but more importantly a passion for teaching and learning. Our district has been fortunate enough to work with Melissa as we transition to Lucy Calkins' Units of Study. She has a warm disposition and welcoming demeanor that makes working with her a joy. She encourages teachers to think and offers them the opportunity to consider new methods in ways that will work for them. Her approach is always learner-centered. She provides the framework for the learner to discover, explore and reflect on their needs. I appreciate her dedication to be available for all of my questions, thoughts, and concerns not only during our scheduled meetings, but any time in between. She is a true partner in our efforts to improve instructional practice and has gone above and beyond to understand our school district's needs and context.” Amber Fair, 7th and 8th ELA
My Story
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I was an elementary teacher for 10 years, where, as all teachers do, I taught, learned, stressed, cared, celebrated, cried, got excited, got frustrated, and hopefully, made a difference in the lives of my students. 

 

The one most influential period in my career was when I was lucky enough to work with an instructional coach. My coach supported me, validated me, pushed me to reflect and learn, and cheered for me! 

 

Now, as I have been fortunate enough to turn my passion for literacy, strong instruction and caring for others into a new career, I hope to be that same influence for fellow educators. 

My Training
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HIghly Qualified K-5

New Jersey Standard Certificate 2003

Coaching of Reading, Coaching of Writing Institute

Teacher's College, Colombia University 2020

Simply Instructional Coaching Training

Simply Coaching Academy 2019, 2020, 2021

"Melissa has helped me grow as a writing teacher. Before her coaching, I had never been taught explicitly in writing instruction. Melissa showed me how to help improve instruction through mini-lessons and conferencing. She provided strategies for conferencing that were targeted and focused on specific writing skills. With Melissa's help, I am confident that my writing instruction will achieve the desired results I am looking for. She has provided a toolbox I can review throughout the year." Sean M. 3rd and 4th ELA