By: Griffin Anderson, Contributing Writer
One of the new faces at Centralia Intermediate School for the 2021-2022 school year is Mrs. Whitley Melton. Melton is working as a Title 1 Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach for grades 3-5. In this role, she is able to help students with reading strategies and helps train and work with the teachers.
Melton is entering her 12th year in education. She spent the first six years of her career working for the Clark County R-1 School District as a middle school special education teacher, third grade teacher and she was on the varsity softball coaching staff. She spent the past five years working for the Park Hill School District as an elementary special education teacher and fourth grade teacher. During her time at Park Hill, she was also part of the curriculum writing teams, which she said “helped me grow in my instructional practices.”
Melton is a graduate of Centralia High School. She hopes to bring her experience of working in both rural and suburban school districts with her to the Centralia R-VI School District and says her experience here so far has been positive.
“I have absolutely loved to be on this side of the educational system in Centralia. The people are welcoming and it is nice getting to know new people and families, while also seeing familiar faces,” said Mrs. Melton.
Melton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Middle School Education, a Master’s degree in Special Reading Instruction, and a Specialist’s degree in Elementary Administration and Special Education Administration. She is married to David Melton, who works for the Moberly School District as a middle school math teacher and is on the varsity football coaching staff. They have a four year old son, Atticus.
She added, “I really am just so happy to be back in the town that I call home! Once a panther, always a panther.”