My name is Melody Saladiner, and I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University. I have a Bachelor of Science specializing in EC-6 General Education.I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, and having the opportunity to introduce myself to you today is a dream come true.
When I was a little girl my Mom and Dad bought me a play kitchen set.However, instead of using the plastic refrigerator to play house, I flipped it over and used it as a desk to play school.There was never any question about what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I come from a family of teachers.Both my Mother and Father are retired teachers.Combined, my parents dedicated over 70 years to education in the state of Texas.My older brother is a teacher assistant at UT Dallas, and my younger brother teaches private violin lessons.
I had my children at a young age, and being a single mother certainly changed my plans.I spent several years working during the day, and taking night classes when possible.Today I am able to see that my hard work and dedication has finally paid off.
I became a paraprofessional in Conroe ISD when my youngest child turned two.I have worked as a special education aide in a self contained classroom, and I have also worked as a general education aide in a variety of settings including specializing in RTI and early interventions.
During my time at Sam Houston State I was able to complete required field coursework on several different CISD campuses.I had the pleasure of learning from numerous teachers at Broadway Elementary ranging in level from pre-kindergarten to fourth grade.I have also been fortunate to work under a second grade teacher at Oak Ridge Elementary, a fourth grade teacher at Giesinger Elementary, and several sixth grade teachers at Mitchell Intermediate.
As the end of my college career drew nearer, I had to resign from my paraprofessional position.However, I did stay active in the district by becoming a substitute teacher until I accepted a teaching position at Milam Elementary. I then furthered my education by obtaining my Masters Degree from The University of St. Thomas Houston.
I currently live in Conroe, Texas with my two children (Samantha, 14 and Zane, 10) and our two dogs Miley and Bruno.I enjoy watching movies, eating barbeque, and baking during my spare time. I hope to take some cake decorating classes one day.
When my parents retired I heard many people share the impact my Mom and Dad had on the students as well as faculty members.I remember thinking “If I can touch a fraction of the lives they have, I will have a successful career.”I am looking forward to continuing my teaching career, and hope to touch as many lives as my parents touched during their teaching careers.