I am an ever-changing creature. This is not in the sense that I am flaky or inconstant in my loyalties or affections; rather, I am adaptable, easy-going, and multi-faceted, while maintaining strong relationships personally and professionally.
A bit about me: My name is Melody, and I am 40 years old. There are many roles I play — don’t we all? Below are some of them:
Teacher: I have been teaching English at Gustine High School for over a decade. This year finds me teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Expository Reading and Writing for Seniors, and English 1A. I also have been the Yearbook adviser for most of the time I have been in Gustine. I have always said that the students I work with are like my own – I want the best for them, and I care deeply about them and their futures.
Wife: I have a wonderful man in my life, David. We both love the arts and the outdoors, and he is the most considerate, communicative, thoughtful, and loving man I have ever known. Since he came into my life, I have been so blessed, and I find that every day has cause for smiles and laughter.
Mother: On July 13, 2008, our son Aiden Thoreau was born. He is an amazing guy, and we cherish each day with him and enjoy seeing him learn and grow. At the moment, he is obsessed with Minecraft, Percy Jackson, and Pokemon. On December 8, 2013, after five hours of labor at home and a short soak in a birth tub, we welcomed Kai Emerson in our kitchen! At two years old, he can count to 50, identify the letters and the sounds they make, and tyrannize the entire household with his demands. My boys mean the world to me, and it absolutely boggles my mind how I ended up with such sweeties in my life.
Learner: Although I took a long hiatus away from attending class as a student after I graduated from CSU Stanislaus with my BA in English and my CLAD-emphasis credential, I have always embraced the idea of being a life-long learner. Since college, I have learned about countless subjects and gained a number of new skills: oil painting, refinishing furniture, cooking/baking, and so much more. However, I recently felt compelled to return to the classroom as a student; the world is changing so rapidly, and I believe that I need improved strategies to help my students to better process information and interact with the world around them. To this end, I am returned to school this fall to earn my M.Ed. at the University of San Diego. Already, this is placing great demands on my limited “free time,” but I am over-the-moon excited about the opportunity to grow.