Melody has over 23 years of teaching experience. She has taught first, second and third grades for the majority of her career. For the past 5 years, she has been an ELL Specialist working with dual language students. As an ELL Specialist, she designs and provides supports to make the English language accessible. She also provides the classroom teacher with ways to accommodate the learning of ELL students. She has been tapped on the shoulder during her teaching career to facilitate curriculum review and revision, mentoring, and behavioral support coaching. She has been a reading coach at Dyslexia St. Louis for over a year. Melody loves seeing her students feel successful while reading. While coaching, she has found that working with her students has brought so much joy in her teaching. Melody has been married to her wonderful husband for 20 years and mom to a hockey-playing teenager. She loves hanging out with her family and playing with her 2 dogs. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, sewing, and reading.