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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a teacher, educational psychologist, mother of three, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Algebra I and Geometry teacher. I love teaching logic and proofs! I have a master's degree in educational psychology (in instructional design and educational evaluation). I am a mother of three.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony came piece by piece. Growing up in Mississippi, I was atypical as a Mormon, but I quietly lived my religion. I had a genetic hearing loss when I was born, and thankfully had a successful operation when I was 7 years old to remedy the problem. Because of having difficulty hearing and learning to "feel" music, music has been important to me for as long as I can remember. I have felt the Spirit touch me through music. I went away to BYU for college, and became a math teacher. I learned how much Heavenly Father loves us from my efforts to teach, reach and influence my students. Later on, as an educational evaluator in my graduate studies, I became interested in how I can understand and measure what someone else knows. (Did someone mark "A" on that standardized test because he/she knew the answer, or was he/she just trying to fill in a pretty pattern on the bubble sheet? And, since I'm mathematical myself and I'm married to a quantitative engineer, how can you qualitatively measure improvement or growth in the gospel?) The most touching experiences in my life, however, are those quiet times when I know that the world stopped turning: when I got married in the temple and when each of our children were born. I am awed by how much attention and effort Heavenly Father pays to create experiences for each of us to grow.

How I live my faith

I work each week with the young children. I play the piano while they learn songs that teach how simple it is to return to live with Heavenly Father again. I visit others in my community who have challenges and difficulties, and try to bring them joy. I co-host a preschool in my home for