## Melissa Wyatt

## Sample Recording

## About Mrs. Wyatt

I grew up south of Houston, TX and attended college at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. Though my original intent was to end up in the medical field, I started working at Sylvan Learning Center part time, tutoring kids in math and fell in love with teaching math. So in 2003 I graduated from HSU with a BBS in Mathematics, minor in English with a certification to teach in Texas for grades 8-12.

A year out of college, I married my best friend from college and we had four kids (three boys and a girl). Our family has lived in several places, including 3 years in Massachusetts.

My first 11 years of teaching were in Texas at the public schools where we lived. During those years, I taught everything from 8th grade math to Pre-AP Algebra II as well as taking on a Dual Credit Statistics class when a teacher had to leave the district unexpectedly. My last year of those 11, I took on a teaching position at a Disciplinarian school where I certified to teach 4th through 8th grade as well. My job at that school was to facilitate an online learning platform that helped me teach a variety of 7th-12th grade students who were temporarily placed in our school based on their offenses at their respective schools until they served their time and earned their place back in the mainstream school. Some of the students I taught were permanently established in our school until graduation based on their offenses. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about investing in students as my perspectives and comfortable routines were challenged!

During our Massachusetts time, I decided to homeschool and eventually found a faith-based cooperative homeschool group, plugging in with them to enrich our homeschooling experience. I met so many great homeschooling families, learning all about the diversity of the homeschool experience. I was eventually offered a job teaching at a private school nearby to fill a need and help supplement our income. I was sad to leave homeschool, but had a great experience teaching 5th grade math, 8th grade Geometry and 5th grade science in a private school community! When my husband and I decided to make the move to Texas, it was hard to leave the wonderful families we had created community with!

(If you've never been to New England, you should put it on your bucket list! There is SO much history and beauty there! I will forever be grateful for the opportunity of homeschooling in an area where so much of our early American history took place.)

In November 2019, my husband accepted a position pastoring a church north of Dallas near the Oklahoma border. We are enjoying making new community here as I have stepped back from teaching in the private/public schools and am solely focused on my family, settling in and on my HSML families/classes.

As my life experiences have led me to teach a variety of subjects in a variety of school systems for 15 years, I have learned that no matter what walk of life one is travelling, the ability to use mathematics to open doors for hobbies, careers and life in general is worth the struggle and discipline that is required. And the opportunity for me to offer that and pour out the knowledge and wisdom I've been given to a younger generation is by far one of the greatest privileges I've been given in life. I love teaching students and I love math! Whether through one on one tutoring, whether paid or free, whether the students are reluctant or eager, whether in a classroom with technology at my fingertips or at my home with limited resources... teaching and helping students explore and master the language and process of mathematics, one that transcends culture/race/economic status, is a joy of mine!

A year out of college, I married my best friend from college and we had four kids (three boys and a girl). Our family has lived in several places, including 3 years in Massachusetts.

My first 11 years of teaching were in Texas at the public schools where we lived. During those years, I taught everything from 8th grade math to Pre-AP Algebra II as well as taking on a Dual Credit Statistics class when a teacher had to leave the district unexpectedly. My last year of those 11, I took on a teaching position at a Disciplinarian school where I certified to teach 4th through 8th grade as well. My job at that school was to facilitate an online learning platform that helped me teach a variety of 7th-12th grade students who were temporarily placed in our school based on their offenses at their respective schools until they served their time and earned their place back in the mainstream school. Some of the students I taught were permanently established in our school until graduation based on their offenses. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about investing in students as my perspectives and comfortable routines were challenged!

During our Massachusetts time, I decided to homeschool and eventually found a faith-based cooperative homeschool group, plugging in with them to enrich our homeschooling experience. I met so many great homeschooling families, learning all about the diversity of the homeschool experience. I was eventually offered a job teaching at a private school nearby to fill a need and help supplement our income. I was sad to leave homeschool, but had a great experience teaching 5th grade math, 8th grade Geometry and 5th grade science in a private school community! When my husband and I decided to make the move to Texas, it was hard to leave the wonderful families we had created community with!

(If you've never been to New England, you should put it on your bucket list! There is SO much history and beauty there! I will forever be grateful for the opportunity of homeschooling in an area where so much of our early American history took place.)

In November 2019, my husband accepted a position pastoring a church north of Dallas near the Oklahoma border. We are enjoying making new community here as I have stepped back from teaching in the private/public schools and am solely focused on my family, settling in and on my HSML families/classes.

As my life experiences have led me to teach a variety of subjects in a variety of school systems for 15 years, I have learned that no matter what walk of life one is travelling, the ability to use mathematics to open doors for hobbies, careers and life in general is worth the struggle and discipline that is required. And the opportunity for me to offer that and pour out the knowledge and wisdom I've been given to a younger generation is by far one of the greatest privileges I've been given in life. I love teaching students and I love math! Whether through one on one tutoring, whether paid or free, whether the students are reluctant or eager, whether in a classroom with technology at my fingertips or at my home with limited resources... teaching and helping students explore and master the language and process of mathematics, one that transcends culture/race/economic status, is a joy of mine!

## Parents tell me:

"She's kind, nice and wants you to succeed! Also, not only to succeed but enjoy the math process. Even though they don't meet in traditional classroom setting my daughter has built a relationship with Ms. Wyatt. She doesn't hesitate to reach out and ask questions.

The best part is that she responds in a timely manner- even over the weekend!"

"I really appreciate that Mrs. Wyatt will sometimes ask them questions/ do things that allow them to earn a bonus point here and there. She also offered Zelle as a payment option, which is fantastic."

"She is patient with the students and passionate about the subject."

The best part is that she responds in a timely manner- even over the weekend!"

"I really appreciate that Mrs. Wyatt will sometimes ask them questions/ do things that allow them to earn a bonus point here and there. She also offered Zelle as a payment option, which is fantastic."

"She is patient with the students and passionate about the subject."