About Me!

So, you want to know a few things about me! 

My name is Melissa Ward. I serve as the Title I and ESL Coordinator for HMS. I work with students in their general education classrooms, and I pull students to my room for extra help. My personal mission in life is to treat every child that I work with the way that I would want my children treated. I am also our school's Yearbook Sponsor.

I am a native of South Carolina and a loyal South Carolina Gamecock!  I grew up in Greenville, SC and Reynolds, GA. Greenville is huge and Reynolds is small, but I love both places! I think I had the best of both worlds. My brothers live in South Carolina, and my Mama lives in Georgia. 

The two very best things that have ever happened to me are my children, Rachel and Ryan. Rachel graduated from Holtville High School in 2018. She received a Fine Arts Scholarship to Southern Union State Community College and is a SU Dancer. Ryan is a sophomore at HHS and a member of the Boys' Soccer team. I am "owned" by a blue pit bull named Luna Lovegood. 

I am a book nerd and love reading many different genres. I like to cook, and I would like to learn how to decorate cakes. I am currently learning Spanish, and I think it's supercool to be able to speak another language. I grew up dancing, and I recently rediscovered Zumba as a way to get my groove on and burn some calories. I enjoy spending time at the lake and beach, going to football games, learning to be tech savvy (I'm trying), and visiting with family and friends.

Education:  I graduated with a B.S. in Education from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA in 1996. I graduated with a M.S in Education from UAB in 2018. 
I currently hold the following certifications:
TESOL- Teaching English as a Second Language K-12
English Language Arts 6-12
Special Education: P-12 Mentally Retarded and Learning Disabled
Highly Qualified Teacher status:
English Language Arts 6-12
K-6 Collaborative
Experience: All of my teaching experience is in Elmore County. The 2018 school year begins my 22nd year teaching.
Wetumpka Intermediate School 1996-1998
Robinson Springs Elementary School 1998-2003
Holtville Middle School 2004-present

Favorites

Color: Blue

Food: Mexican

Vegetable: Tomatoes (but I'm told a tomato is actually a fruit!)

Drink: Coffee 

Place: the Gulf Coast- Orange Beach, Destin

Coffee: The Donut Shop

Perfume: Victoria Secret Wicked

Style: T-shirts and blue jeans

Music: Pretty much everything, but my faves are definitely Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel. 

Movie: I love Marvel Super Hero Movies! 

Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Gone with the Wind, The Great Gatsby. 

TV Shows: Supernatural (I love Sam and Dean), Once Upon a Time, Agents of Shield, Blindspot, The Magicians, This Is Us 

Time of Year: Summer

Holiday: Christmas

Subject: Literature
Smell: Gardenia
Sport: Football

Teams: USC Gamecocks

Dislikes
Mean People, especially Bullies 
Lying
Dr. Pepper 
Okra, Collard Greens, and Turnip Greens
Twizzlers and Baby Ruth candy bars
Snakes and Spiders

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