My name is Melany Porter. I am so excited to be starting my 19th year of teaching- mostly in kindergarten! A little about me: I am married to Steve who works as an Engineer at Raytheon. We have 3 kids: Ayden is in 8th grade, Jackson is in 7th grade- both at Willow Springs Middle School. Isabella is in 2nd grade here at Puster Elementary. Ayden and Jackson are very involved in Boy Scouts and Jackson plays 7th grade football. Isabella is my little ballerina. She is joining a competitive team this year for the first time - which is very exciting! We also have a sweet King Charles Cavalier named Sophie. My kids in my class will get to hear all kinds of Sophie stories- she is a stinker!
When I am not busy being a mommy, kid-taxi driver or kinder teacher, I love to go to the movies and really love to shop! My favorite "escape" is the beach. My family goes to Florida almost every summer for a week-long escape to paradise.
What is important to me as your child's first teacher? Relationships! I want to build a strong relationship with your child and you - right from the beginning. I feel that if your child knows that I love and will take good care of them, they will feel comfortable enough to learn. I work hard to make my classroom a "safe place" for your child. I want them to feel safe to take risks, grow and even make mistakes. I will push them in a loving, fun way to make sure that their kindergarten year is a great start to their educational career!
One of the greatest compliments I can receive as a teacher is getting visits from former students. I want all my students - past and present- to feel that they belong and are loved. "Once in my class...always a part of my class." I can't wait to get to know my new students and families this year- this just might be the best year of kindergarten yet!