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Meet The Teacher – Melissa

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Joanne Tolles
Melissa in her room while the Pilobolus was visiting

Melissa is one of the English teachers here at ACE. She is also a former student of ACE. Being a teacher isn’t always what Melissa wanted to be. She wanted to be a professional cheerleader, dancer, and work in the medical field, but coming to ACE as a student made her want to be a teacher. Melissa didn’t start teaching here at ACE; she first worked in New Milford as an English teacher for 10 years and then came to ACE where she has also spent 10 years.

I interviewed Melissa and asked her, “What fun and crazy things did you do as a student at ACE?” She said, “The most fun I had while a student was when we went on a ski trip in Vermont and it had a kids center, basketball, and a pool while something crazy was when practicing for a 50-mile hike I stepped on a log and got pulled into the water.” Since she was a student here at ACE, she shared some of the activities they had, which included an after-school acting club and door-to-door drama where they would create skits and then go to schools to perform them. 

Melissa is not only a teacher, but she’s also a mom. She has a 3-year-old daughter, and when asked about her, Melissa said, “Liliana is smart but a handful, funny, and dramatic.”

I came to ACE as a new student in January, and my first impression of Melissa was she’s a very understanding person. Since I came to ACE, she has always made me feel welcome and always listens to the crazy things I tell her during lunch.

“Keep in mind what students are going through outside of school to help understand and create relationships” is the advice that Melissa has for any new teachers.

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Ciana Serrano
Ciana Serrano, Staff Writer
Meet Ciana, who goes by the nickname Cici. She's vibrant, easy to get along with, kind, and has beautiful hair. She is also a new student at ACE and a senior hoping for the year to go by quickly. Cici's birthday is coincidentally on October 31 and her favorite color is blue. She would rather hang out at the pool instead of the beach. She really doesn't like the beach. She also prefers to stay in instead of going out. Cici has always wanted to be a preschool teacher since she was young. She likes friends who are willing to be there for her and understand.
Joanne Tolles
Joanne Tolles, Adviser/Staff Writer
I am an English teacher, writer and poet, animal lover, happily married wife and grandmother, and recently, newspaper advisor for my school again. I am passionate about teaching my students how to find and use their unique voices. It is through writing that we become more aware, more human, and more effective in making the world a better place. Here is my lesson plan! Unchained and Free – My Life Lesson Plan Unchained and free. Liberated and alive. Curious and full of wonder. That is my lesson objective for the children. Writing words of truth. Declaring phrases or empowerment. Thinking critically. Creating new and awesome products. Those are my planned activities for the students. Making the world ripe for peace. Fostering justice and equity for all. Spreading love, learning, and awareness wherever they roam. That is my home work assignment. Unchained and free. That is the title of my life lesson plan. And what standard am I teaching? The student will assimilate ways to save humanity. Will you join me? Will you engage in liberation? Will you touch a generation with fierce passion? If you do, Your final evaluation score will be beyond innovating.      
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