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    Ms. Melissa O'Keefe
    Phone Extension: 6818
    Grade(s): 2

    I  always felt very fortunate to know the path I wanted to take in life. Family and then career. Teaching has been my passion since Kindergarten. While my own 3 children were small, I taught in a preschool for 6 years. It has been my privilege to be teaching here at Pleasant Valley since 1991. I got my start in 1st grade at Chestnuthill Elementary. When PVE opened, I was transferred to Eldred Elementary for 3 years. I partnered with a teacher to loop my first graders to second grade during that time. Chestnuthill opened again and I went back to the building as a 2nd grade teacher. For the last six years, I have been at PVE. Not only have I been able to teach many children but also work with amazing colleagues and administrators. 

    While teaching, I went on to earn a masters degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist certification and an ESOL certification.  The growing diversity of our community population and my desire to use my teaching experience in a new way led me on a new path. In January 2019, I began teaching as an English Language Development specialist at Pleasant Valley Intermediate and Elementary. While many things in Education have changed, I still am excited about every day and the opportunities that I  have to teach.

    In addition to my classroom responsibilities, I also have been a teacher in the Stepping Up program, a member of the Language Arts Task Force, Math Task Force, and Social Studies Task Force. I  was the curriculum leader for K-3 Social Studies for 15 years. I also have served on various district and building level committees through out my tenure.  I am currently a coach for Girls on the Run. Teaching is so much more than showing up and "covering the material".

    So, I go back to where I started-I am so fortunate to have been able to accomplish my dream here at PVSD and, hopefully, influence my students to do the same.

    "Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."                                                                                 

                                                                                                                   Albert Einstein