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Heart pounding.  Hands sweating. Mind racing.  For many of us, this is what we conjure up when we think of fear.  A freight train of emotion that warrants an immediate and obvious response.  However, the toxic residue that lies behind fear is not always the crushing presence of adrenaline. …

Conquering Grading

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in the world of education grades are often the indicators of subjective merits.  Educators have no intention of misleading their students or families, but the slippery slope of grading can often have us handing over report cards drenched with ambiguity.  This ambiguity stems from our […]

Remote Learning: A Glimpse at Student Dependency

Education was thrust into a form of learning that has never been done before as students took to their computers to access their virtual classrooms.  As a special educator for nearly two decades my first thought was, “Oh no! How will our students thrive without a lack of support?” Support looks different for each of […]

Building Community in a Virtual World

A school is filled with so much more than books and children.  The senses can come alive in a building responsible for growing children.  From murals on the walls to the precious noise of children learning pouring from classroom doors, schools bring communities to life.   Building a space where learners can take risks and be […]


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My name is Melanie. Sixteen years ago I began my journey in education. My passion has led me to working with kids of all abilities. I began as an inclusion facilitator for students with multiple disabilities. In years to follow I worked with kids with learning and emotional disabilities. After working to create inclusive programming for middle school students with emotional disabilities, I began a journey as an instructional coach. I hope this website will provide a shared space for learning and growing for both educators and parents.

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