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Melissa Turner

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About Me

What inspired you to get into the field of education?: 

My sixth grade teacher inspired me to become a teacher.  She was so kind, understanding, and helped me achieve things I never thought I could.  From then on, I knew I wanted to help and teach students just like she did. 

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?: 

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students excited to learn and watching them grow and blossom.

General background information (years in education, degree(s), Universities/Colleges attended): 

I attended the University of Wyoming and received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (K-6).  I then attended the University of Northern Colorado and received my graduate degree in Special Education: Severe Affective (Birth-21 years).  I have been teaching since 1994 and teaching Special Education since 2001.  I also have my certification in Orton-Gillingham from the Institute for Multi-sensory Education.  


My interests include reading, going to see live music, gardening, fitness classes, and dancing.  I also love traveling the world with my husband and daughter.

Thought Provoking Quote: 

"Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing."  - Gertrude Stein

My Classroom

About My Classroom: 

I use Orton-Gillingham when teaching literacy.  OG is a highly structured multi-sensory approach that breaks reading and spelling into smaller skills.  It is extremely effective for teaching all students, but it is especially effective for students with dyslexia.  I use sight, hearing, touch and lots of movement to help students connect, learn and flourish.