Degrees and Certifications:
MEd, Campbell University 2006 BA, Wesleyan College 1990
Ms. Melissa Helton
I have been teaching at Lillington-Shawtown since 2006. I started teaching first grade and remained there for 4 years. Then I moved to second grade where I have remained. I enjoy watching the children grow academically and physically as they complete their elementary years.
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from North Carolina Wesleyan College in May of 1990. I received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Campbell University in May 2006. I was invited to be a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honors society for educators, while attending Campbell University; which I accepted.
The Summer Science Leadership Institute of 2008 was held in New Bern, NC where I attended representing Lillington-Shawtown’s K-2 teachers. I taught a workshop for the K-2 teachers of our school to learn the exciting activities presented at the institute.
I was selected to present the Responsiveness to Instruction (RTI) model to peers from across the state at the Closing the Gap conference in spring 2009. I was also the RTI grade level representative of first grade for 3 years. Some of my students and I were selected to participate in an action research study of the Rehearsed Reading model of reading instruction during the 2010-2011 school year.
During the summer of 2016, I attended a week long learning seminar at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) on Ocracoke Island. I have come away from this seminar with many ideas for engaging activities to teach standards across the curriculum.
I served as a member of the School Improvement Team for several years. I have served as an active member of the PTO every year. I currently serve as a mentor for two beginning teachers. The new MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) is a committee I am excited to be a part of this year.
Students will be actively engaged in my classroom. We will have small group instruction, whole group instruction, projects, and games designed to maximize learning. Hands-on activities that include cooperative and interactive experiences are both engaging and a great way for students to learn. The classroom is always busy with activities AND learning!