Meet the Teacher
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
Greetings and salutations! My name is Melinda Simpkins and I am the lead teacher of the First Class OSR Pre-K, Classroom 2. I am very excited and honored to be a member of the Athens Elemetary faculty!
Before my journey in education began, I was a liberal arts major with Calhoun Community College. Between the years of 2005 and 2008, you could find me on the stage as an actess with The Black Box Theatre Company. I have performed great works of Shakespeare as well as delightful comedies such as the works of Neil Simon. I love my time that I spent with the theatre. In the spring of 2009, I graduated with a dual major of associate degrees in the fields of Theater and English. In the summer of 2008, I accepted a job at a private pre-k to earn some sorely needed money. Little did I know what started as a temporary summer job would change the outlook and direction my life would take. I fell in love with the field of education and the children whom I cared for. Unknowingly, I became dedicated to the vocation and wanted to be the best teacher and educator I had the ability to be. In 2014, I made the choice to go back to school and Athens State University was gracious enough to accept me as a student. I learned more about the field of education in my time with professors and classmates studying the art of education that I could have imagined possible. In May 2017, I obtained a bachelor's degree in the field of early childhood education. As a teacher, I strive to create a safe and welcoming learning environment for the students who enter my classroom. I want to be a positive influence for the students and encourage them not only to learn but also to explore and grow.
In my personal life, I enjoy an eclectic array of activities and hobbies. I am an avid movie watcher and cinematic trivia collector. I enjoy going to "nerdy" conventions and meeting celebrities. I am a certified member of a Guinness World Record breaking event. I love to travel anywhere and everywhere. So far, my passport only has two stamps in it but that is something I hope to improve upon in the future. Up to date, I own 20 paires of Converse shoes. Photography is a favorite pass time of mine and in this digital age I feel as if it is a stress-less one. I also enjoy painting and crafting. When my mind becomes overwhelmed, I can bring out a paint pallet and canvas to ease my troubled mind. I don't have any children of my own, but I do have a four-legged fur baby whom I adopted from the local animal shelter and she has quickly become an important member of my family. I am the youngest member of my family (excluding the dog). I have my parents, a brother and a sister (each married to two wonderful people), and an imaginative nephew. I am very greatful for the life I have lead so far and I am looking forward to what my furture will bring.