My name is Melanie Brewer. I teach a Kindergarten through 3rd grade resource room at Youngs Grove Elementary. I attended the University of West Georgia where I received my Bachelor's degree in Special Education and my Masters degree in Special Education: Interrelated. I have taken the GACE and am highly qualified to teach inclusion K-8 grade in the 4 basic content areas. I have been teaching 15 years total. I taught 1 year of preschool special needs in Douglas county as well as a self contained class for a year in Douglas county. In Haralson county, I taught 2 years in a self contained classroom and 8 years in K-2 inclusion. I have also taught in Polk county for 3 years in self contained and resource type rooms.
I am married to Drew Brewer and we live in Cedartown where I grew up. I have one child, Peyton, who attends Cedartown Middle School. I have two step daughters, Ella and Jayde, who attend a middle school in Rome.
Educational philosophy: Teaching young minds is a task that cannot be taken lightly. It is full of challenges, frustrations, and responsibilities. However, it is a task that is also full of excitement, wonder, and joy. I strongly believe that all children are capable of learning, if they have the proper motivation and direction from their teachers. As a teacher I need to aware of learning, motivation, and behavior differences in order to relate to my students and push them to reach their full potential.
I want to create a classroom that is a safe learning environment for all. If students do not feel safe in my classroom, whether it is emotionally, physically, or socially, their defense systems will go up and learning will greatly decrease. It is important to me that my students, as well as their parents, other teachers, administrators, and people in the community, see me as someone they can approach, who will be fair and nondiscriminatory.
Classroom organization is also a key concept to consider when teaching. If students are in a classroom that is unorganized or set up in a way which hinders learning, it is not a good situation for anyone. I need to find creative, new ways to have the room set up and to help my students learn. I also believe that high energy levels and a positive attitude from the teacher are key elements to a successful learning environment.