Melissa Ruiz

Getting to Know Me!

About Me...

What is your current role as a teacher? I am currently teaching third grade in the Park Hill School District.

What are your past teaching experiences? For the past three years I was teaching kindergarten in the Belton School District. I have also worked as a preschool teacher and kindergarten paraprofessional.

What are you anticipating with regard to this class? I am looking forward to the cultural aspect of this class, specifically how socioeconomic status affects literacy achievement.

Who are the important people in your life? My mother is very important to me. She has always made education a priority for our family and encouraged me to continue my education. My husband is also inspirational to me, as he is a fire fighter in Kansas City and works hard to serve the community. He is stationed in an area that can be challenging and he remains positive and enjoys helping the community even in challenging situations.

What are your favorite things to do with any free time you might chance upon? I enjoy reading, watching KC sports, and decorating my new house! (Well, new to me.)

Anything else that you would like to share about yourself in order to allow us to get to know each other a little bit better? My husband and I closed on our first home in Liberty last week. I have been swamped with unpacking while starting in a new district and grade!

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