Melissa Hopkins has well over 20 years experience teaching students of various ages and abilities. She began her career in Fairfax County, Virginia and is currently teaching in Montgomery County. Melissa takes great pride in helping students develop a love of learning, creating a classroom and learning environments that are caring, safe, as well as engaging.
Melissa has her Bachelors of Science degree from George Mason University and a Masters of Teaching from Trinity College. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked with students with varying degrees of special needs, second language learners, as well as students who are gifted and talented. With over two decades of teaching experience in classrooms with diverse makeup of learning styles and needs, Melissa understands the importance of connecting with her learners and creating a learning environments where students believe in themselves and thrive.
She has had the privilege of presenting to fellow teachers from all across the state of Virginia on teaching methodologies in reading as well as providing training for local teachers on writing. In an effort to stay at the forefront of new teaching strategies and the best pedagogy, she is committed to her continued professional development and training.
As a mother of two Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduates, she has been actively involved with the school community in many capacities. From serving as a board member on the high school foundation, participation in the boosters club, as well as PTSA, Melissa has been a dedicated to assisting young learners grow and reach their full potential. In addition, she has served as an after school teacher in a school based homework program, and Melissa tutors students in various subjects as well as study skills.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys attending sporting events of all kinds, reading historical fiction and non-fiction, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.