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Buena Vista University
My name is Melissa Vermeys. I’m a native of Mapleton, Iowa, graduating from Maple-Valley-Anthon-Oto (I was the first graduating class with the shared towns). I received my B.A. degree from Buena Vista University, with an endorsement in K-8 Social Studies and K-8 Reading. This is my 7th year with River Valley. The first two years I taught TK and I am currently teaching 2nd Grade.
I believe that we need to teach students how to understand the concept and to remember it, not teach them how to memorize facts. They also need to learn how to find out the information, rather than have everything laid out for them.
I love teaching in a district that has a strong belief in education and preparing the students for the future. I enjoy working in a small district that gives us the opportunities it does. We have one on one contact with our administration. With that in mind our classes are small enough to have more one on one contact with students that are in need of assistance to be successful students. Due to the arrangements at River Valley it feels that we are more than just a figure in the district we are able to submit our input with administration.