Palm Beach Atlantic Unviersity
Hi there!! My name is Melinda. I have been a teacher for 42 years. I started teaching in the midwest in the 70's and in 1980 my family and I moved to Florida where I continued to teach. I started my own school in Palm Beach County. It began in my home and grew to 200 students, ages 6 weeks thru Kindergarten. I moved to Sebastian in 1995 and taught at Headstart then got a position at a private school where I was the director and Kindergarten teacher. I also filled in for first to fifth grades. After this position I went to New Mexico to teach on the Navajo Reservation for three years. I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades, Special Education. Along with the core subjects, I taught lifeskills which included money management, cooking, sewing, bookkeeping, photography and physical education. I also taught Religion at the missionary church. When I returned to Florida I taught Kindergarten at a Charter School for several years and currently teach ESE at another Charter School for Kindergarten to 5th grade. I also teach a gifted class. I volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. I've been teaching Religious Instruction for ten years. Through the years I have had over 50 foster children, in which I still have contact with some of the children. As far as my teaching methods, I believe in asking open ended questions, giving children the opportunity to express themselves and always allowing them to ask questions. I believe in order for children to learn they have to ask questions, that's how they continue to grow.
Hi there!! My name is Melinda. I have been a teacher for 42 years. I started teaching in the midwest in the 70's and in 1980 my family and I moved to Florida where I continued to teach. I started my own school in Palm Beach County. It began in my home and grew to 200 students, ages 6 weeks thru Kindergarten. I moved to Sebastian in 1995 and taught
I have taught children with a variety of disabilities, including autism, ADD/AHD, behavioral, and varying exceptionalities. I have been doing this for over six years. I am ESEk12 certified.
When I was in New Mexico, teaching on the Navajo Reservation, I taught Religion at St. Mary's Mission Church for three years. I have taught Religious Instructions at
St. Sebastian Catholic Church for five years. I have taught children from Kindergarten to eighth grade.
I had to teach life skills to my students on the Navajo Reservation. I taught there for three years and I had the same students all through their middle school years. During this time, one aspect of life skills was cooking. Nutrition went hand in hand with teaching cooking. My students first had to learn about healthy choices, making menus, planning meals, and the ingredients in their food. Once they learned the nutrition aspect, we began cooking. Over the three years, they evolved from novice students to beginner chefs.
I am certified to teach K-6th grade. I have been teaching children for forty-three years. I have taken all my exams to qualify me to teach this age group.
While I was teaching Special Ed. in the middle school on the Navajo Reservation, I had to teach my students Life Skills. One of the subjects was Nutrition. I had to teach my students how to shop for healthy foods, make their menus, prepare balance meals and cook. They had to continue doing this at home. I had the same students for three years and they became very proficient chefs. I gave my students information to help them make healthy lifestyle choices. They not only learned to plan, shop and prepare meals and snacks but how important physical activity and general safety was for them.
I have been teaching for over 43 years and when teaching reading I use phonemic awareness and phonics, along with decoding. I have been teaching phonics for over 40 years; teaching children to sound out their words, count their syllables and learn their site words.
I taught Religion for three years at St. Mary's Catholic Mission Church on the Navajo Reservation. I have been teaching Religious Instructions at St. Sebastian Catholic Church for six years and I also did a Mission trip to Nicaragua.
When I was teaching Special Education on the Navajo Reservation, I had to teach life skills to my students. Along with cooking and nutrition, decision making, bookkeeping and coping skills, I had to teach sewing. My students had to learn the basic skills of sewing. By the end of the semester they had made shorts, pajama's, and an item they each picked on their own to make.
I am ESE K-12 certified and have taught children with special Needs since 1999. I have 18 hours towards my Masters in Special Education from New Mexico.
I have been teaching for 43 years and during my time with elementary and middle school students I had to instruct them on how to study. The children needed the tools and information on how to use these tools in order to get the most from their lessons.