Andrea Melontree

Andrea Melontree

I come from a family of teachers. My dad, my aunt, and my grandmother were all teachers. I used to spend time after school in my aunt’s classroom grading her papers. My grandmother was my long time substitute when I was in 5th grade. Teaching is a language in my family, and I’ve known for most of my life I wanted to teach.

For me, KIPP was a great fit. I liked that KIPP was a national program, so I could transfer to schools around the country if I ever needed to move. I liked that KIPP had small class sizes, which makes for a much better teaching environment.

I love teaching. No two days are ever the same. Every day I go to work, something new is always happening.

My students are facing much more adversity now than I faced when I was in 5th grade. I see how mature they are already because of the world we live in today. Their conversations are about politics and current events, and I see them becoming aware of their own opinions.

For my students, this is their time to discover the world around them. I want my students to know it’s okay to learn from others, especially from those who are different from them—who come from different cultures or religions or backgrounds. I want them to be good and honest people.

Beyond teaching them the curriculum, I care about the people my students become. I want them to walk away from my class knowing who they are, and to give them the confidence to be able to succeed no matter where life takes them.