Melisa Cantrell has earned a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction of Mathematics from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, completing the program requirements in December 2017 and certifying her to teach grades K - 14. Melisa is currently a certified substitute teacher for the South Whidbey School District and tutors mathematics privately and for Educators Group, Incorporated. She is also a graduate of Western Governors University Washington with a BA in Mathematics.
She completed her Demonstration Teaching and classroom-based Teacher’s Performance Assessment for certification at Langley Middle School in the South Whidbey School District. For several years, she has tutored Math in the South Whidbey School District for local families and at South Whidbey High School, Langley Middle School, and Whidbey Island Academy. She shared her love of singing and choral music there, too, by happily volunteering as a K – 8th grade choir director.
To continue in regards to her education, she earned a block transfer AA degree at Portland Community College, where she had a solid beginning in Mathematics, with courses in Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and a year of Calculus. Tutoring these same classes in PCC’s busy learning center for five years reinforced her core math skills and love for teaching, earning her first practicum credits. She also attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where she performed in their choir and studied Music, Linear Algebra, and Statistics.
Melisa has certified her knowledge of Mathematics twice. Her first journey was in brick-and-mortar institutions. Later, she decided to continue her education and become certified to teach. This meant proving her proficiency in courses formerly taken and deepening her knowledge by extending into Plane and Spherical Geometry, Multivariate and Vector Calculus, and Abstract Algebra’s topics of Group, Ring, and Field Theory at WGU. The challenging essays in Linear Algebra were enjoyable, perusing through notes from her time with Dr. Clock at Pacific University. (Thank you, Dr. Clock!)
Awards and honors for Melisa include a year as President of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, representation in the National Dean’s List, a recipient of the Educational Testing Service’ Excellence in Mathematics Content Knowledge for testing in the top 15% of anyone who has ever taken the Praxis for Secondary Mathematics, and -- while the next organization is not as large as the aforementioned, it is part of Melisa's community -- special thanks from the South Whidbey School District for tutoring at Langley Middle School’s on-campus partnership with the Readiness to Learn Foundation. The students simply know it as “Homework Club.”
She has fifteen years of experience as a Math Tutor, helping students from Elementary and Middle School Math to Calculus in College. She envisions a bright future for every student she encounters.
Melisa also has business experience as a Technical Writer and Trainer at U.S. Bancorp, where she began as an Excel Specialist and Administrative Assistant for the Vice President of Research and Adjustments. Her Analytical and Mathematical skills were very much appreciated in the business world. Even so, she is extremely happy with her choice to become a teacher. To Melisa, that look of epiphany in a student’s eyes cannot compete with any other occupation.