Introducing Melissa Fox

It is with great joy that we introduce the newest member of our team. Melissa Fox joined the VdM community in January as our resident Reading Specialist. Melissa has been diligently working to support the children in our environments. We are so happy to have her!

Describe your educational background.  

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Master’s Degree with Reading Specialization from Webster University in 2001.

How/when did you become interested in education?

I first became interested in education when I was a sophomore in high school. My high school had a fellowship in which students earned school credit for teaching ecology in partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden. I continued to pursue this passion for education throughout my high school and college years with Missouri Botanical Garden.

My dedication to teaching reading developed during my first of five years of teaching first grade. I wanted to find out more about this magical time in a children’s development as they move from being emergent to fluent readers and writers. I quickly moved from teaching the sciences, to find my love for coaching literacy.

What has been the BEST part of your Montessori experience so far? 

Every day I wake up and am thrilled to grow and learn with the students. Many of the foundations of Montessori are ingrained in my overall understanding of a child’s path of learning to speak, read and write. I see all of my coaching for literacy as a pathway of lifelong communication. I love working in an environment that understands and captures this underlying principle. “The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori

What do you enjoy doing outside of your time at VdM?  

I enjoy spending time with my three children and husband. I love being in the outdoors, physical fitness, and of course, reading books!

If you were to plan a most perfect, relaxing weekend day, what would it entail?

An ideal weekend day would be a spending a spring day at Innsbrook without ANY school activities, sports or commitments.  My family and I would have brunch together, go for a long walk with the dogs and play board or card games. ☺

What is something you look forward to this school year?  

I look forward to getting to know the students, staff, and better understanding the Villa di Maria community. From meeting Clover the bunny to each student, each day has been a joy, and I am looking forward to many more.

Your Favorite:

Color: Yellow

Season: Spring

Book: Too many to list!

Childhood book: The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Read-aloud Book: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Adult Book Read in Recent Years: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Holiday: 4th of July

Movie: Dead Man Walking

Hobby: Walking my dogs

Type of music: Pop, jazz, country, classical and after a long day, silence ☺

Song: “Living in the Country” by George Winston

Restaurant in St. Louis: Brasserie by Niche

Vacation: Destin, Florida

Sport: Any sport where I can cheer for my children

Game: Hearts and Spades

Fruit: Banana

Vegetable: Artichoke

If you had to choose ONE:

Rain or Snow: Snow

Coffee or Tea: Coffee

Morning or Night: Morning

Ocean or Lake: Ocean

Dog or Cat: DOGS, you can never have too many

Talk or Listen: Listen

Walk or Run: Walk

Save or Spend: Save

Bike or Swim: Bike

Salt or Pepper: Salt

Realistic Fiction or Fantasy: Realistic fiction

Summer or Winter: Summer

New York or California: New York; that is where my husband lived when we met!

Cook or Dine Out: Dine out