IMG-20170408-WA0088Thanks for stopping by! Allow me to introduce myself!

I was a late bloomer when it came to finding my passion in teaching, but better late than never, right? After years in finance, I have obtained my Bachelor of Education at the  Intermediate and Senior level in General Business and Politics from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

In 2011, I accepted a position at an International School in Cairo and I fell in love with teaching high school! In the classroom, I had professional and life experience that made the material come to life through stories and real world examples that kept the students engaged. My students asked thought-provoking questions well beyond their years, and they pushed me to go above and beyond the curriculum. From each other we drew inspiration and this pushed me to take the plunge and pursue my teaching qualification in the fall of 2013.

Since 2014, my husband and I have been working at Changzhou Trina International School in China.  We recently added a daughter to our happy little family here in China as well! I am currently the Business and Economics Department Head and Program/Curriculum Co-coordinator for the high school division.

I am a firm believer that as teachers we need to continuously adapt our classrooms to prepare students for the 21st Century work force.  The world has changed dramatically since I was a student, and let’s face it – education needs to keep up. Students are required to think critically and problem solve, often in groups, in order to be successful these days. Incorporating technology is not a nice-to-do, it is absolutely essential. Challenging my students to question everything and push themselves is my forte.  I believe all students are capable of showing their learning, but no two in the exact same way. I allow my students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.  The same is true for teachers, my team works closely together to make sure our knowledge and skills are current and that we are differentiating learning as much as possible in order to reach every student.

On that note, I will leave you with this. I do believe Albert Einstein had it right when he said, “education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

I created this website to share ideas and connect with teachers and administrators globally.
Please feel free to get in touch to collaborate, discuss opportunities or simply to say hi!


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  1. Magdi Elsayed

    April 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Very nice intro to your site, Melissa.

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