Melissa Mielke

1st Grade Teacher
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Biographical Sketch

I have been involved with Traut Core Knowledge for many years. I started as a substitute teacher when the school was first started and named Washington Core Knowledge.  My children then attended Traut Core Knowledge and I was a parent partner involved in the classroom and on the curriculum committee.  I then returned as a small group instructor with the intervention team.  I moved from that position to teaching first grade. 

What I like about Traut is

The Core Knowledge Curriculum, the character qualities and the parent partners.  I also like the  community that is created by the wonderful staff, parents and students!

Hobbies & Interests

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, hiking, biking, and bowling.  I also enjoy taking new classes and learning new things.

My favorite books and authors are

I like reading books by Dr. Seuss, Jan Brett, Roland Dahl and Bill Peet.  

Favorite Quote

"It takes a whole village to raise a child." -African Proverb  This quote fits perfectly with Traut's partnership pillar.  I know as a parent there are many times that I needed the village to help me with my children.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi   

About My Classroom

I have flexible seating in my room. Students may choose to sit on a ball, chair or stool.  I believe that a little movement while sitting, helps the brain be ready to learn.  I have 25 individuals in my room and it is my job to teach each of those little people.

Courses Taught

I teach general education classes. My favorites are  reading, math, science and social studies.

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