Feature: M-A Welcomes New Chemistry Teacher, Melissa Meloy
With the start of the 2012-2013 year, M-A welcomes a new chemsitry teacher, Melissa Meloy, to replace the beloved Gorene Nersesian. As a new member of the M-A staff, Ms. Meloy describes herself and her expectations for the upcoming school year.
What made you want to become a teacher at Menlo-Atherton?I student-taught here last year with Mrs. Caryotakis and I really love the staff. My classes were awesome, the students were very nice, and I couldn’t imagine going somewhere else. I got really lucky that this position opened up and that I got to do the same thing again. It is going to be like last year but times four; its going to be so much fun.
Have you always been interested in chemistry?
Yes, when I was in high school I wanted to be a doctor, and was going to graduate school to get my PhD, but I soon started student teaching in classrooms, and realized that [teaching] was much more fun for me. I still loved science, so teaching science was the perfect marriage for me; what I love to think about and what I love to do put together in one sweet package.
What are your expectations for this year?
I expect it to be busy. When you student-teach you usually do one or two periods, and I was there for three. That is a great representation of what teaching is but on a smaller scale; instead of getting experience with a small amount of students you get experience with a handful of students, which is awesome, but [going into this year] I am expecting it to get very busy. I expect I will have to keep reminding myself, ‘go home, you have a life too, dont live in your classroom.’
How long have you been student teaching?
With the Stanford program I did, [I] student taught for one year. I was fortunate to get the same courses I did last year, so its like doing it again but six times a day. Moreover my classes are huge. At some point every single table is full plus an extra chair I have.
Are you planning to follow Ms. Nersessian’s same curriculum she has used throughout the years?Mrs. Caryotakis and I are working on making sure that chemistry is really aligned so when we do things, we do them on the same day and in a similar way. Regular chemistry is working on that as well. I think towards the end of Ms. Nersessian’s career before she retired they were kind of doing different things and it wasn’t really that aligned, so now were working on that being closer together.
How do you think your relationships are going to build with the staff?
Great! I already know a lot of people from last year and the department is awesome; everyone is super supportive. Everyone is checking in and so far everything has been great.
What are your hobbies?
I got a puppy this summer so I walk my dog all the time because he’s got so much energy. I play soccer. I did not play at Santa Cruz, but I did play rugby in college for a year. I then played soccer for the city of Santa Cruz senior year but not for the school.
Do you see yourself consistently teaching chemistry at M-A, or do you want to possibly branch out and later teach other subjects?
I think it depends. I’d like the chance to really make the chemistry curriculum strong, and then I think that branching out would be nice– but [first] I really want to focus on chemistry and build that. I am credentialed in chemsitry, biology, and earth science. So, if the chance arises I could teach [biology] and earth science as well, and that would be cool, but my passion is chemistry.