OUR STAFFMrs. Debra Melton
Phone: 317.226.2810 ext.6166
Degrees and Certifications:
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 1995-2001 BS in elementary education: 1-6/ 7-8 non-departmental science endorsement 1-9 Ball State University Muncie, IN 2003-2006 MAE in special education: K-12 in mild, moderate, severe, and profound disabilities participation in COMPASS through University of Kentucky 2016/2017 cohort mentorship through Butler University 2016/2017
Mrs. Debra Melton
Hello everyone! I am Deb Melton, (aka “Ms. M” by my students). This is my third year here at Shortridge. I have 16 years of experience teaching students with special needs. I have a MAE in special education, with certification in K-12 mild, moderate, severe, and profound disabilities. I love working with high school students! It is so rewarding to help the students make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
I have a wonderfully supportive hubby named Kevin, and a very special fur child at home (a beagle) named Lily Baby. Lily Baby is truly my child! I am very close to my family, and usually visit with my parents, sister, and in-laws each weekend. I speak to my Mom on the phone every day. I love all things colorful (especially anything that is hot pink and/or glittery).
My classroom theme is “Rainbow Connection”. I want my classroom to feel safe, inviting, relaxing, and engaging for my students. They have helped with the classroom décor quite a bit! I think I have the best students in the entire high school. I love each and every one of my students! I have some pretty awesome classroom assistants as well: Mrs. Gayle Boyd and Mr. Corey Smith. We work wonderfully together!
This year, I hope to help my students refine their life skills sets as we explore health, math, language arts, science, history, fine arts, physical education, music appreciation, cooking, cleaning, vocational skills, community skills, and so much more! I can’t wait to see all of the students finish high school with a place to live, a job, and some social activities in which to participate!
When I am not spending time on school stuff, I like to work in the garden or go boating with my hubby. I also like to spend quality time with Lily Baby. You can also find me working on various arts and crafts, or even baking some goodies. I hope to fill my classroom with educational experiences, as well as with love. Come check out “our” Rainbow Connection when you have a few spare minutes! We are a friendly bunch of people on the first floor of the school!