## Melissa Wyatt

## Sample Recording

Coming soon... Please keep in mind this will be from a live class and it will not have been edited. We encourage class participation and time is given to students to ask questions and to clarify concepts.

## 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.

11 out of the next 12 years would have me working as a full time teacher for 11 years in various public schools around the state, taking one year off when I had my third baby. 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 teaching found me in 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. What an amazing experience that was! I learned so much about teaching and investing in students that year as my perspectives and comfortable routines were challenged!

During those 12 years, I married my best friend from college and we had three kids (two boys and a girl). My husband and I moved in September of 2016 to Massachusetts to help some friends plant a church in the MetroWest area of Boston. It was then that I started my homeschooling journey with my family. I loved the two years of being able to homeschool my boys! During my second year of homeschooling, I found a faith-based cooperative homeschool group and plugged in with them to enrich our homeschooling experience. What an amazing opportunity to pour into my family's life and meet some great families who could encourage me through a new experience in a new state!

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

We've since added one more kid to our bunch, rounding us off to a nice, even party of 6. He certainly keeps us on our toes! After my two years of homeschooling, a friend reached out about an opportunity to teach part time at a private school nearby, and after talking with my boys and husband, we decided it would be a good fit for our family. I continue to work for this school part-time, teaching math and science as I begin my new and exciting journey with HSML. I am so excited to join this wonderful community of teachers and families!

As my life experiences have led me to teach a variety of subjects in a variety of school systems, 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!

11 out of the next 12 years would have me working as a full time teacher for 11 years in various public schools around the state, taking one year off when I had my third baby. 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 teaching found me in 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. What an amazing experience that was! I learned so much about teaching and investing in students that year as my perspectives and comfortable routines were challenged!

During those 12 years, I married my best friend from college and we had three kids (two boys and a girl). My husband and I moved in September of 2016 to Massachusetts to help some friends plant a church in the MetroWest area of Boston. It was then that I started my homeschooling journey with my family. I loved the two years of being able to homeschool my boys! During my second year of homeschooling, I found a faith-based cooperative homeschool group and plugged in with them to enrich our homeschooling experience. What an amazing opportunity to pour into my family's life and meet some great families who could encourage me through a new experience in a new state!

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

We've since added one more kid to our bunch, rounding us off to a nice, even party of 6. He certainly keeps us on our toes! After my two years of homeschooling, a friend reached out about an opportunity to teach part time at a private school nearby, and after talking with my boys and husband, we decided it would be a good fit for our family. I continue to work for this school part-time, teaching math and science as I begin my new and exciting journey with HSML. I am so excited to join this wonderful community of teachers and families!

As my life experiences have led me to teach a variety of subjects in a variety of school systems, 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!

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