Melissa Honeychuck recognized as February 2015 Teacher of the Month
Feb 23, 2015
What do you teach?
I’m a Virtual Classroom English Teacher for grades 7 and 8, teaching reading and writing. I love the English language. I love to read. That’s probably why I became an English teacher. I read everything: the newspaper, blogs on the Internet, novels.
Do you read books popular with the age group you teach?
I try to keep up on all the novels my students are interested in, like “Divergent,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” and of course “Hunger Games.” I had a student who was reading the “Twilight” books, and she told me, “You have to read these books!” That was before they really caught on. I’m not a big movie-goer, though. After I read the book I’m usually disappointed in the movie.
How do you teach writing in an online virtual class?
We do all the normal essays. We write poetry. Students can post their poems and stories in the class discussion area and comment on each other. We’re doing book reviews right now, which is fun. They’ve been reading “Holes,” and, no, I haven’t seen the movie.
How did you come to teach at PA Cyber?
My sister-in-law, Michelle Poskin, was a Virtual Classroom teacher at PA Cyber, and she said, “You’ve got to work here when you graduate,” and I did. That was 10 years ago. When I watched her teach her class it was really interesting. It was something I wanted to be a part of.
Where did you go to college?
I graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications, and got my teaching certificate in English for grades 7-12 from Robert Morris University. Later I got a master’s in online education from Franciscan University.
What might your students be surprised to know about you?
Well, I teach from home, like they learn at home. I live in Bridgeville, Pa., in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Teaching from home gives me more time to keep up with my son Nick. He’s 16, and he keeps me busy. He plays baseball, golf and roller hockey.
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