Meet Melissa

Hey there, teacher friend! I’m Melissa and my goal is to help you engage your students with innovative and challenging learning experiences while keeping your personal and family time a priority. I know what it’s like to strive for engaging curriculum but feel stretch for time in the day. But fear not, it’s entirely possible to create exceptional learning experiences without sacrificing your personal life!

That’s why I design ready to go lessons and activities rooted in best practices, along with organizational tools to keep everything in order. I’m thrilled you have landed on my site because it’s clear that you’re an amazing teacher, committed to continuous growth and providing the best for your classroom. If you’re an upper elementary teacher seeking inspiration, tools and resources to excel in your classroom, you’re in the perfect spot!

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Let me tell you a little about myself...

I’m dedicated to supporting you with all of this and more! Allow me to introduce myself – I’m Melissa, a passionate advocate for upper elementary students and their teachers. With almost a decade of teaching experience, mostly with 3rd – 5th grade students, I’ve had the privilege of working with my favorite people – “big kids”!

In 2020, while my son was in the NICU after being born 6 weeks early, I craved a creative outlet to share my teaching ideas, tips, and activities with like-minded teachers seeking collaboration and growth. That’s when I started blogging and sharing my teaching resources on TeachersPayTeachers. It’s been an ever-growing passion since then, and I’m thrilled to embark on this journey with you!

Like you, I hold a few core teaching beliefs that shape my professional approach...

  • I believe a safe and nurturing classroom environment is key to students’ best learning experiences.
  • When our teaching is flexible and tailored to each student, we can reach every single one of them.
  • Learning can be both rigorous AND enjoyable, making education an exciting journey for students.
  • As educators, we must constantly evolve and keep learning to provide our students with the education they deserve.
  • You can be an incredible teacher without compromising your personal or family life.

So, grab a cup of coffee or a soda, and explore my little corner of the web! I’m certain you’ll find something inspiring here!

On my blog, discover teaching ideas, tech integration tips, organizational strategies, and more to enhance your teaching.

In my teaching resources shop, you’ll find a wealth of ready to use materials for literacy centers, math activities, games, and classroom organizational tools that save you time and help you teach more effectively!