Welcome to Sixth Grade! My name is Melissa Panks, and this year I will be teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies. This will be my ninth year teaching and my sixth year at Bonne E'cole. In 2009,I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and, in 2014, I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I also am certified to teach higher levels of all subject areas and have presented various professional development in areas, such as engagement strategies and Morning Meetings, at local and state levels.
Outside of school, I enjoy reading, running, and learning new things. I LOVE to travel and incorporate my visits to China, Italy, and Egypt (just to name a few!) into my lessons, especially in history class. This joy of traveling extends to my teaching philosophy that although we are all different in some ways, we all deserve respect and the opportunity to succeed. My aim is to help students of all backgrounds, abilities, and interests to succeed.
I look forward to a great year with all of you! Remember, today is a great day to have a great day!