Adel Elementary reading teacher Melissa Greer believes she has the best job in the world.
When she was expecting her first child, she discovered she wanted to become a teacher. She had enjoyed teaching 4-year-olds in Sunday school and figured teaching elementary students wouldn’t be that different. In addition, she was constantly hearing from her mother how she would make a wonderful teacher and that encouragement also led her to become the educator she is today. Deciding to become a teacher was “one of the best decisions that I ever made,” she says.
Having grown up in Dallas Center, Greer attended Des Moines Area Community College and received two associate degrees before going to Upper Iowa University. Before coming to the ADM School District, Greer worked as an associate for Johnston, was a special education teacher at Colfax-Mingo and Dallas Center-Grimes, and a preschool teacher in West Des Moines. Now she is a literacy interventionist teaching Title I, Reading Recovery, and other CIM interventions at Adel Elementary where she’s been working for seven years.
Greer’s days are spent teaching reading groups with one to four students in each. Greer also goes into classes to work with individuals who need some extra help. Every day Greer tries to build on her students’ prior strengths as well as focus on goals that need to be met in their reading and writing abilities. She also collaborates with other teachers and observes students as they read and write in order to assess what kinds of help will benefit them most.
Greer finds her job rewarding.
“I get tears in my eyes… I am so proud of students’ hard work each day,” she says.
The “I can do it looks” are something she especially enjoys. The moment they meet grade level reading she is elated, yet sad she will no longer see that student every day.
Greer is impressed that every interventionist at ADM is trained in Reading Recovery and/or CIM interventions. By using the strategies and interventions they are taught, every interventionist is able to provide the strongest assistance to each child.
Greer enjoys reading, having game and movie nights with her family, and watching soccer and basketball. She coaches her daughter’s U7 soccer team. Greer is married to Scott, has two children, seventh grader Bryce, and first grader Ella and a Shih Tzu named Daisy.