About Me

Hey everyone!  My name is Melissa and I’m the face behind The Reading Roundup! Here’s a little more information about me!

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Professional Me

I’m a Reading Specialist working in Northern Virginia.  I’m originally from Hollidaysburg, PA and went to Penn State University. WE ARE! I taught 1st grade for 8 years before switching to my current position after earning my master’s degree from George Mason University. I became a National Board Certified Teacher, which was a very challenging but rewarding process.  

I’m extremely passionate about helping students develop a love of reading and build confidence in themselves as readers. As a result, I’m focused on creating engaging and effective instructional activities. I admit to being a HUGE nerd who loves reading professional books to constantly improve my work. I also enjoy creating and sharing resources for other teachers like you to help make your literacy instruction more simple, effective, and engaging for your students!

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Personal Me

  • My husband and I have a goldendoodle puppy named Penny. She is the absolute cutest!
  • My signature color is teal. It borders on obsession since my house is covered with the color!
  • I love Broadway musicals.  
  • I’m an avid reader.  Are you one GoodReads?!  Love it!
  • I’m a huge fan of Penn State and Dallas Cowboys football.
  • I actually enjoy cleaning… such a great stress reliever!
  • I’m a big fan of making lists (hence THIS list!).
  • Family is extremely important to me.  My younger sister Amanda is one of my best friends.
  • might have a slight obsession with Pinterest and Etsy.
  • My hometown is where the Slinky and Sheetz were both founded. Such fun claims to fame!

If we have something in common or you have questions about your literacy instruction, I’d love to hear from you! Just use the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to connecting with you!