Our Teacher of the Month for January is Ms. Lisa Mellott. Ms. Mellott is a Special Education here at Maddox Intermediate. Ms. Mellott is fully dedicated to helping her students reach their fullest potentials. She is always eager to help her students succeed, and have the best time in the process. Mrs. Mellott is a true asset to Maddox, and we are beyond thankful to have her here everyday. We appreciate Ms. Mellott and all her hard work! Congratulations!!
MIS: Where did you go grow up, and where did you go to high school?
My dad was in the Navy, so we moved around a lot during my younger years. But I went to high school and graduated from E.B. Erwin High School in Birmingham, Alabama. (Go Eagles!!)
MIS: Where did you go to college, and what did you get your degree in?
I started college at the University of North Alabama, but transferred to the University of Montevallo. My degree is in Special Education P-12, with focus on Speech Pathology and Audiology for the Hearing Impaired.
MIS: Tell us a little about your teaching experience.
I married into the Air Force, so again, moved around a lot. I have lived the longest in Jasper. I taught special education at Bibb County Vocational School. I taught the hearing impaired class in Dothan, Alabama. I moved to the Fort Walton Beach area and lived there for 7 years....and taught a multi-handicapped class at Valparaiso Elementary. From there, we moved to Dayton, Ohio (where my girls were born) and I taught the multi-handicapped class for 6 years. We moved to Georgia, Alabama and Virginia, where I got to be a mommy for several years. Then in 1999, the girls and I moved to Jasper where I taught at North Highlands, Maddox Middle School, Jasper Junior High School, and now MADDOX INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL!!!! (Whew, I'm tired).
MIS: Tell us a little about your family.
I have two BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL daughters, who are both teachers. Kelsey teaches kindergarten at Mountain Brook Elementary and Katie teaches 2nd grade at Memorial Park Elementary. I have one son-in-love, JR Frey. (Kelsey is married). He is the best-he also takes care of Katie and my car and house needs. I have one GREAT fur baby named Wilson!! (who loves to post on FB).
MIS: What are your hobbies?
I love to quilt, sew, make crafts, woodwork, read, walk and play with Wilson in my spare time! (ha-what is spare time!!??).
MIS: Tell me something about yourself that someone might not know.
I was born in Dallas, Texas. We lived in Japan for 3 years when I was younger. While there, my brother and I loved to play in the banjo ditch, which we found out later was the sewer ditch. (YIKES!!) When we moved back to the United States, I was actually a kindergarten drop out. (back in the day, kindergarten wasn't required). I used to love to go fishing with my dad, and I have many fish tales to tell. (I learned from the best). I have some of the best friends in the world, that I treasure tremendously!! But I also do not mind spending time alone-just Wilson and I watching sappy love stories on Hallmark. (He doesn't complain about what we watch!!)
MIS: What is your favorite part about teaching?
Oh, how I LOVE my students....each and everyone that I have taught!!! I love hearing the "I loves you" and the hugs!!! I love their everyday visits. I love their individuality. I love to hear that, “OHHHHH, I understand now!!!” I go home sooooo tired at night, but after a little rest, am so ready to come back and see these smiling faces!! WE HAVE THE BEST, MOST LOVING STUDENTS IN THE WORLD!!!!