Student Services - Social Emotional Learning Support Teacher
My name is Melanie Parisella. This year, I will take over a new position as a Social Emotional Learning Support Teacher (SELST) in all programming. Over the last 16 years, I have been part of the French Immersion Team at École William McDonald School as a member of our support team from 2003 to 2008, then I became a homeroom teacher for grades 6-8.
I have a background in Special Education certification as well as a Bachelor in Education from the University of Alberta . I also taught in China for a short period of time while I was studying Globalization in 2007. After this experience, our school became a We School and since, I have organized an annual trip to the WE DAY conference, the only youth conference in Canada that has the goal to raise awareness regarding the difference that our generation of youth can make. I started the community awareness exploratories 2 years ago for all grades 7-8 and I'm looking forward to supporting it again this year to continue to build more empathy, resilience and compassion in our students. This summer, I had the privilege to travel to Ecuador with a group of teachers from around North America to see the great things the We organization has done with the support of our students, and to remind myself that together we can create big impacts from small actions.
I also started an anti-bullying movement in our school in 2014 to raise awareness with a group of students that stand up against bullying every year. Last year, we launched our first short video in the city and won the WeRaise Above Awards. This year we will continue to make a difference one step at a time to ensure everyone feels safe and knows that they are not alone. Our school team is here to support all students.
I am excited about the challenging and enlightening school year that lies ahead of us. It is my hope that throughout the course of the year I will be able to help your child become better prepared for High School.
My philosophy of teaching is very simple. Any child whose fundamental needs are met is able to learn. I believe that we build knowledge starting from what we already know. There is no bad child or bad learners, every child is unique and learns differently. Project-based learning allows students to learn at their grade level using their own multiple intelligences and at their own pace. I will also encourage my students to support each other and learn to work effectively in a team to further their knowledge using each other’s strengths.
Teaching is a passion. I want to make a positive difference on the future generation and I believe your child is ready for the challenge one step at a time.