Melissa is a rock on the 6th grade team. She is funny, holds high expectations, and does what is right for every student.
"Melissa shows tremendous dedication to this work and to her students. She is the teacher you can count on to get things done, both inside and outside of the classroom. She will do anything to provide more educational opportunities for students."
"Fotouhi is an ideal middle school teacher. She is enthusiastic, fun, and engaging. I would love to be a student in her class!"
All about Melissa:
My journey to teaching was very untraditional. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Business from the University of Kentucky (my home state). I then moved to California to pursue my graduate degree in Textile Science from the University of California, Davis. My pre-teaching resume reads various positions in the clothing industry from chemist to fashion buyer, but my passion for learning and my love of working with young minds drew me back to the classroom first as a volunteer at Glenview Elementary in Oakland and eventually to Caliber as a Math and Science teacher.
I came to Caliber seeking an opportunity to teach students more than just how to memorize math facts, but also to be curious about how math presents itself in the world around them. Caliber has allowed me the time and space to really get to know my "kids". I can personally only remember a handful of teachers who thankfully reached out and helped me rise to my academic potential. I hope one day I can be a teacher my students remember in that way. Most students will at least remember my "big eyes", that come out from time to time to alert students that I mean business when it comes to math.
A recent interview with Melissa:
What is your favorite thing about being a 6th grade Math Teacher at Beta?
I love the flexibility I have in teaching my students. I have access to both online and on paper materials to help students wherever they are.
What was your favorite subject growing up?
My favorite subject growing up was art. I liked not having to be "right" and the freedom to make something, no matter how it turned out.
What would you be doing if you were not teaching?
If I wasn't teaching I would travel the world to experience life from different cultural perspectives.
Favorite candy bar or sweet treat?
I love coffee, not real coffee but the Starbuck's kind with lots of sugar and flavors added.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I want to visit my husband's family in Iran and experience the Iranian culture in its truest form.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically about Richmond!)?
When I'm not teaching, I'm momm'n for my two amazing children (Cyrus 3 years and Lily 8 months). I love being outside with my husband and kids. As a family we cheer for the Oakland A's and travel throughout California on the weekends.
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
My favorite thing to do is make other people laugh. I believe humor is the best way to get through life (I'm okay if I'm the only one who thinks I'm funny).
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