Melissa Taylor-Salvador
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In January 2005, I acquired my Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in Liberal Studies with emphasis in language, literature, and communication, while attaining a minor in speech and communication.  In May of 2006, I received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and in 2009 acquired my Master of Arts in Education, emphasizing in Instructional Technology from the same university.

            I tought for six years at Allen Elementary School within the San Bruno Park School District.  I am excited to be involved working with a wonderful class of students now with the sixth grade at Parkside Middle School. I taught sixth grade for many years at the elementary level and decided to move with them to a middle school, when our district shifted from a K-6 elementary and 7-8 middle school, to a K-5 elementary and 6-8 middle school. I love teaching my Math and Science core classes at Parkside and am very happy to have moved with the six graders to a middle school environment. I enjoy integrating technology into classroom assignments and lessons, additionally having students participate in project-based learning activities.  Our STEM-driven classroom has many hands-on, innovative projects and flipped classroom qualities.  Direct instruction has made way for explorative learning and inquisitive thinking. Our groups have been nominated for a variety of awards and won first place in the California Student Media Festival in 2009 under Best Use of Interactive Media <http://www.mediafestival.org/43mm.shtml>.

            What is a flipped classroom? By sixth grade, I often receive statements from parents regarding their inability to help their students with middle school math.  Even though parents desperately want to help their own children, they lack the ability to help.  Therefore, every year of my teaching I have volunteered my time tutoring my students after school, since so many struggle with the rigorous challenges of complex mathematical concepts.  Last year, I additionally created online tutorials for both students and parents could access to help with practices.  Then, I started researching flipped classrooms and observed their effectiveness.  Instead of assigning homework containing traditional mathematical problems that many of my students receive limited to no support for at home, I created video tutorials supporting their learning, resulting in students taking notes before class and arriving to class with questions and clarifying concepts. The mathematical problem solving happens in class. 

         In addition to carrying out regular classroom duties, I have served on the Leadership Team, the district’s Curriculum Council, and on the district’s Technology Committee.  I carry out duties that include setting site plans and goals, review and recommend new curricula, and assist in writing and revising technology plans.  Furthermore, I actively taught and customized lessons in several after school intervention academies, teaching language arts and mathematics to various grades of students in need of extra support.