Welcome to our Sea of Adventure!
My name is Melissa Penley, and I have been teaching since 1994. I absolutely love teaching, and seeing children learn new things! I graduated from Spring Hill College in 1994, and began my teaching career at Woodmeade Elementary. Since that time, I have been a reading coach at West Decatur Elementary, a state regional staff member in Region 1 for the Alabama Reading Initiative, a second grade teacher at Austinville Elementary, and now, I am a third grade teacher at Leon Sheffield Magnet School. My husband, Jamie, and I have two boys, William and Harris, and I get to spend a lot of time watching them play baseball, basketball, and flag football. We also have a golden retriever named Titan that is spoiled rotten because he is treated like a third child! I have always enjoyed traveling to beaches, learning about sea animals, and collecting cute fish pictures and artwork, so that is the theme in our classroom each year...A SEA of ADVENTURE! I am so glad I am a teacher, and even though some of the first students I taught are now parents and have children of their own,I hope I can continue to teach for many years to come!