Meet the Teacher

Phone: 256.233.6609


Degrees and Certifications:

Advanced High School Diploma, Elkmont High School A.A. English, Calhoun Community College A.S. Theater, Calhoun Community College B.S. Early Childhood Education, Athens State University

Ms. Melinda Simpkins

Teaching Strategies GOLD LearningObjectives

2019-2020 Orientation Presentation

2019-2020 OSR Pre-K Handbook Supplement



Greetings and salutations! My name is Melinda Simpkins and I am the lead teacher of the Alabama 1st Class Pre-K, Classroom 2. I am very excited and honored to be a member of the Athens Elemetary faculty!

My name is Melinda Simpkins and I am a member of the Athens State University’s Spring Graduating class of 2017.  While at ASU, I majored in Early Childhood Education and graduated summa cum laude. In my private life, I like to travel. So far, my favorite destination has been Ireland; though I am excited to add more stamps to my passport. I enjoy visiting the theater or the cinema any chance I get, which is understandable as I also hold associate’s degrees in English and Theatre. This background comes in handy when reading aloud enthusiastically to my Pre-K students! Some people might consider me “quirky” as I’ve participated in activities such as a Guinness Book of World Record Breaking event, fan conventions for TV and cinema, and have won costume contests based on a few of my favorite book characters. Always putting God first, I try to live my life walking on the road “less traveled by”.  My family and four-legged fur baby mean the world to me, I strive every day to make them proud.