Awake & Accelerate Blog

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 […]

Letter to an Educator

Dear Educators, The fall is quickly approaching with one certainty remaining: This will be a school year unlike anyone of us has ever experienced.   Wherever you are emotionally with this upcoming year, take respite in the fact that you are a person first.  As we find our profession once again under scrutiny, challenged for our […]

Tomorrow’s Lesson Plan: Teaching Students How to Master Fear

The reality that existed on the last day we saw our students in March has quickly become a far different reality than what we will be presented with in the fall.   Homes across the world are being infiltrated with uncertainty.  Job loss, anxiety over the health of loved ones, and the management of social […]

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About Me

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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