Melanie began her teaching career as a K-12 Music teacher, graduating from the NSW Conservatorium of Music in 1987. After teaching at Penrith High School for 3 years, she left teaching to raise her two sons and support her husband’s business from home.
She returned to teaching after retraining as a Primary K-6 teacher in 2000, working mostly in Western Sydney Catholic schools. In 2003, Melanie’s family moved to Crossmaglen. She worked in a number of local primary schools and resumed full-time classroom teaching at Raleigh Public School, where she taught the K-2 class and music. During this time, she felt fortunate to attend a range of excellent professional development courses in literacy and numeracy. Melanie also reignited her love of leading choirs, band and school musical productions while at Raleigh.
In 2011, Melanie gained permanency at Woolgoolga Public School where she taught Kindergarten, Year 5 and Year 2. She also trained and worked as a Reading Recovery teacher for 3 years, which stirred her keen interest in supporting struggling readers.
Melanie and her husband took leave in 2014 when they freighted their motorbike to London, then spent almost six months riding around the UK and the Mediterranean countries of Europe. They feel so blessed to have had so many amazing experiences and met wonderful, yet ordinary people along their journey.
In 2019, Melanie gained a transfer to Boambee Public School. During these recent years, she was often curious about how to better cater for the needs of students with dyslexia. She has recently started her IMSLE training and looks forward to when she is a qualified MSL (Multi-Sensory Language) educator. In the meantime, Melanie brings to Serendipity Learning over 20 years of teaching and learning experience in literacy and numeracy. She is passionate about finding where each student ‘is at’ and developing individualised learning paths to support their own literacy and numeracy journey.
Melanie lives with her husband in the lovely mudbrick home he built. Her sons are now adults and live locally with their beautiful partners. She is a nanna to two gorgeous, rascally grandsons. She is in her happy place with all her family around the dinner table together. Melanie loves going on the back of the motorbike for day trips with her husband. She is happy curling up with her cat Chi Chi, reading historical novels or out in the sunshine, pottering in her veggie garden and chatting to her chooks, cows and ‘outside’ cat, Romeo.