Melissa Coakley

Grade 4/5 (Upper Elementary)

Melissa was born and raised in Merrimack, NH. She spent her childhood in the woods, writing stories, riding bikes, and reading every book she could find. After high school, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in French, with a minor in Government, and a concentration in Theatre, from Smith College in Northampton, MA, including a year abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She began her education career in Windham, NH, teaching French and Spanish to elementary grades three to five, and running their vibrant theatre productions. After earning her Master’s in Education from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, specializing in integrating the arts into curriculum, she began teaching middle school Spanish in Windham, NH and running the theatre department for grades six through eight. Melissa taught 5th and 6th grade Science and Math at St. John the Baptist in Peabody, MA, and, most recently, taught STEM to grades K-6 at Windham Academy in Windham, NH. She lives in Dracut, MA with her daughter and their beloved two dogs.

Education
  • Master of Education from Lesley University

  • Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature with concentrations in Theatre and Government from Smith College

Work Experience

2020-2022: 

  • Kindergarten-grade 6 paraprofessional and STEM educator (Windham, NH)

2014-2017: 

  • Grades 5-6 math & science teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic School (Peabody, MA)

2010-2014:

  • Grade 6 Spanish teacher at Windham Middle School (Windham, NH)

2007-2013:

  • Elementary and Middle School Theatre Director (Windham, NH)

2002-2015

  • Summer Camp Director (Windham, NH)

2002-2010:

  • Grades 3-5 World Language teacher at Center School (Windham, NH)

Melissa Coakley
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