THIS IS ME!Melissa Dawn Townsend
Life, Times, and Experiences
Biographical DataBorn: April 30, 1968
Place of Birth: Chesapeake, Virginia
Current Residence: Smithfield, North Carolina
Married to Jason Townsend
Four Children: Mark, 23Carol, 19
Mariah, 12Charlotte, 11
Two StepchildrenChristopher, 22
Top Left: Alisha, Carol
Top Right: Christopher
Bottom Left: Mark
Bottom Right: Mariah, Charlotte
Three Time President’s List Award Recipient
Jean Craighead George
Freshman Writing Award
Bachelor of ScienceSpecial Education
July 2009East Carolina University
Associate in ArtsJuly 2007
College of the Albemarle
Significant Experiences My first job was as a Library Assistant. One of my
responsibilities was to design and implement children’s library programming.
I educated my own two oldest children at home for six wonderful years.
I have provided in-home care for children with ADHD and behavioral and emotional disabilities.
I have also tutored a third grader with learning disabilities and ADHD.
For six years, I was a Correctional Officer and responsible for the supervision of adult male inmates, often with mild to moderate mental retardation, ADHD, behavioral and emotional disabilities and mental illnesses.
Currently, I am enjoying my second year as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at Harnett Central Middle School in Angier, North Carolina.
Other Experiences Vacation Bible School Teacher Vacation Bible School Director Sunday School Teacher Scoutmaster/Den Leader, Cub Scouts Elementary School Volunteer Public Library Volunteer Child Care Provider Youth Leader Nursery Assistant
Classic MoviesListening to Music
Reasons for Teaching
Children Can Learn!
Children Want to Learn!
Children Deserve a Chance!
Children are our Future!
A Little More about MeI was reared by my maternal grandparents. My grandfather did not finish eighth grade, and my grandmother barely finished high
If I wanted to learn something, I was required to look it up in a dictionary,
encyclopedia, or other book.
I learned to love learning and
I discovered the richness of
Several of my teachers were
formative in my life.
I want to pay forward some of what was given so freely to me.
A Final WordI believe that students can and will learn
whenchallenged to do so in a safe and nurturing learning environment. I also believe that a
goal of teaching children must be to develop
lifelong learners who can discover big ideas and
great concepts independently. Finally, I believe
that it is of vital import that all students read the
great classics and ponder the thoughts of
history’s greatest minds.