Mrs. Melanson's Fifth Grade
Welcome to fifth grade!!!
I am your child's teacher, Mrs. Melanson. This is my third year teaching fifth grade at Eddy, but I've been a teacher for about 15 years. The bulk of my teaching was in Barnstable, at Hyannis West Elementary School, where I taught every grade from k-5 in some capacity. I left teaching for about six years to stay home with my two children, Daniel and Emily. I feel extremely blessed to have been able to have had that special time with my family, but I missed teaching terribly!!! When my youngest entered school full time, I began the process of trying to get back to teaching, first as a substitute and finally as a fifth grade classroom teacher in Barnstable. Job cuts led me to seek opportunities in other districts and so that path of good fortune brought me here to Nauset.
I didn't start out as a teacher. I completed my undergraduate degree at Regis College in English Literature with a minor in Women's History because those were the subjects I really LOVED. However, when I got out of college I really had no idea what I wanted to do. All through school I had worked at Jordan Marsh. They invited me to enter their renowned Management Training progam. I took their offer and was whisked into an exciting and glamorous whirlwind of training and management positions. When the glitter and glamour cleared, I longed to be doing something that had meaning and impacted the world in a positive way. I had always enjoyed working with children. A friend suggested that I volunteer in a classroom to see if teaching might be a way to go. He even had a teacher friend. That friend, Paul Kehoe, was gracious enough to allow me to volunteer in his second grade class. Paul Kehoe, in case you are not aware, is an incredible second grade teacher at Stonybrook Elementary. Boy, did I ever luck out!!! I was hooked. I went back to school and received a Master's in Education from Lesley University. How amazing is it that after all this time I would arrive back in the place I started: Brewster?
When you visit our classroom, you will notice the abundant presence of pineapples. I love pineapples. I love their strong yet exquisite and unique exterior. Looking at their outside, all prickly and tough, it is hard to imagine that their inside is filled with a sweet goodness. Pineapples are a great analogy for people: you have to go beyond the exterior to find out who they really are and what they are really about. You can never judge from a surface look; you must always go deeper and it is always worth it! Sometimes you add ingredients to the pineapple to highlight the flavor. Other times you add it to other foods to enhance their flavors. We are all pineapples in our classroom. We each bring our own sweet flavors, or strengths, that, as we progress through the year, we enhance to make us shine as individuals and blend to contribute positively to the classroom and school community. In all my years, I have never encountered a rotten pineapple. Every pineapple has good flavor within that can be part of a recipe or be the star of its own dish.
I am truly looking forward to a fabulous year!
Please feel free to contact me anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org