Welcome to our blog! We are Melanie Swider and Melanie Meehan and this blog is a result of all of the emails and shared posts we send each other. We love helping one another grow professionally!
I am currently a fifth grade teacher in Simsbury, CT and have been teaching for over 10 years. Prior to teaching fifth grade, I was a fourth grade teacher and a Reading Consultant/Literacy Coach in my district. I received my Masters degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University and worked at the Manhattan New School as well as in the Armonk school district in Westchester.
Literacy is one of my greatest passions in life and I am an avid reader of children's books, professional books, blogs, and articles. I attend the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) summer institutes, Saturday Reunions, and their calendar day workshops as often as I can. I am fortunate that my school district has been affiliated with Teachers College for about ten years so we work closely with the TC staff developers each year to help us continue to grow professionally.
Since I have a passion for professional development, I also mentor and coach new teachers, provide professional development for my colleagues, and write/revise the reading curriculum for our district.
I am the Elementary Writing and Social Studies Coordinator for Simsbury, CT. I worked in a residential school for emotionally disturbed students for several years before I had my second of four daughters and decided to stay home with my girls. When my youngest daughter went to first grade, I returned to the classroom and worked as a Special Education teacher in Simsbury until 2012, when I accepted the Coordinator position. For two years, I was lucky enough to share students with Melanie Swider; in addition to the students we share, we also share books, articles, postings, and any other sources for ideas and better teaching that we can find. I finished my Educational Leadership program in May 2012 and I am currently working on my Master's in Creative Writing. My hope is that this blog is a place for us all to develop as teachers, leaders, and learners.