By Saira Singh
Ms. Melissa Stanley is a new English teacher at La Cañada High School, working with freshmen and sophomores in English 1 and English 2.
Stanley attended Crescenta Valley High School and majored in anthropology and music at UC San Diego. She has worked in education for four years, one of which was spent in Japan.
“I grew up in La Crescenta just down the road, so when I saw the job opening here, I was really excited to come back so close to my neighborhood. When I met principal McFeat and some of the other teachers, they seemed like a really great school community that I wanted to be a part of,” Ms. Stanley said.
As a child, her dream job was to be a geologist. Now, however, she loves teaching English.
“I became an English teacher because I’ve always loved reading for pleasure and studying grammar,” Ms. Stanley said.
So far, she is really enjoying teaching and getting to know her students.
“I think the students and teachers really respect each other. It feels like everyone is here to learn and have a good time. I’m looking forward to getting to know my students and seeing all of their extracurricular activities,”she said.
Stanley has many hobbies herself, which include cooking, sewing, giving piano lessons, playing the French horn, and watching Netflix.
“Ms. Stanley is really fun and really nice. I think she really cares about her students and is a good teacher,” said one of her students, Joanne Oh (9).
If you see Ms. Stanley walking down the halls, be sure to say ‘hi’. She will undoubtedly respond with a friendly wave and a warm smile.
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