About Me


Hi! I'm Melissa. I'm a middle school ELA teacher and founder of Straight Outta Class - a blog dedicated to helping teachers teach and live well! I started the Prepping for Success for New Teachers and Digital Learning & Resources for ELAR Facebook groups and designed the Stepping into Success New Teacher Course because I want to make sure YOU have the best start to your teaching career.


I've got 30 years of classroom teaching experience and National Board Certification for Professional Teachers. Middle School is my thing, but I am certified to teach 4-8 in all subjects with ESL and GT credentials and grades 6-12 in English Language Arts.

I have been a presenter at state and national conferences and served as a teacher mentor for colleagues and student teachers for many years. My teaching style has always been about students being actively engaged and taking ownership in the learning process. I'm a believer in collaborative learning experiences, hands-on workshop writing lessons, technology integrated units, and critical thinking activities to foster independent and higher-level learning.  All of this takes place in a community of learners style classroom established from day one.

I want to help you step into your classroom and start a successful teaching journey just like I did. And I'm here to guide you each step of the way. 




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