Hi, I’m Mel! I am a primary school teacher and literacy specialist. I have been a teacher for 15+ years in Western Australia. It’s my passion to provide teachers with time-saving resources that help them thrive.
I have a particular interest in helping struggling readers and providing high-quality, evidence-based literacy instruction to help kids flourish. I love being able to work with teachers and provide support. I have previously offered in-class coaching for graduate teachers and mentored teachers across a broad range of topics. I started my blog, Top Notch Teaching in 2012 because I knew so many teachers who were struggling to balance quality and excellence in teaching with time management. I hope, through my resources, to make it easier for you to balance the demands of being a teacher.
I graduated from my teaching degree with first-class honors. I also received the Miles Medal for Excellence in Education (dux of the year).
I completed a Bachelor of Education (primary), first-class honors at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.
I live in Perth, Australia, with my husband, Stephen, and daughter, Emily. Emily is my inspiration and chief tester of many of the resources. She's fantastic at providing feedback from a kid's point of view, and she's always willing to try new things. My sister Amanda keeps me to task by editing products and managing my social media.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Physical Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Math Test Prep, Life Skills, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Mental Math, Halloween, Easter, Spring, For All Subjects, Summer, Coaching, Phonics