With six years of teaching experience at Prairie City-Monroe Community School District, Melanie has taught two years of Second grade and is currently finishing her fourth year teaching Kindergarten. During this time, she has had the honor to participate and assist in leading through the District Leadership Team, Building Leadership Team, MTSS Team, Iowa Core Team, Literacy and Math Team, PBIS Team, and Technology Team. Melanie’s role has been to interpret data, build a positive and consistent learning environment, design and implement forward-thinking systematic instructional strategies, and contribute to professional development. With these experiences, she is looking forward to exchanging ideas and supporting your district as the year progresses.
Originally, from the Fairfield Community School District, Melanie is a B.A. graduate in Elementary Education, which includes an endorsement in Reading from Central College, and is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa to be completed this year. Melanie is excited to be moving home to be with her future husband and family within the Great Prairie Region to contribute to enhancing student performance, maximizing professional development, and empowering educators with a multitude of instructional strategies within our Community School District. As a Literacy Coach, she is eager to meet and collaborate with her colleagues at Great Prairie AEA.
Melinda’s interest in education was sparked as a sign language interpreter for Jr./Sr. HS students, which have given her opportunity to teach several grade levels. Currently serving as a first grade teacher and Professional Learning Team leader in Albia, Melinda’s love for teaching reading drove her to obtain her masters degree in Literacy Education from Drake University. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the AEA team! Her husband, Richard, is Albia’s 7-12 JH/HS principal. They have two daughters, McKenna (age 8) and Mady (age 4) and enjoy fishing, camping, riding bikes, and watching movies as a family. An interesting fact about Melinda is that she lived in Alaska for several years and caught fish weighing over 100 pounds!