Phone: (210) 356-7000
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature Master of Science, Urban Multicultural Education
Mrs. Melissa Hardin
Welcome to Gifted and Talented at Las Lomas! I am thrilled to teach your child! This is my 22nd year teaching and my 21st year in NEISD. I have taught first, second, and fourth grades, along with kindergarten through fifth grades in Gifted and Talented. I attended The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but have been a happy Texan transplant ever since I received my Master of Science in Urban Multicultural Education degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
I have been happily married to Jason since May 2000. He works at Coates Library at Trinity University and loves learning new languages! He was born and raised in rural east Tennessee, but is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. He also speaks, reads, & writes some French, German, Arabic, and is currently working on Chinese (Mandarin). We have a beautiful daughter named Carolina, who is flying through her senior year of high school--it all goes so fast! Carolina is an astonishing digital artist, loves Tech Theater, and enjoys being outdoors (walking, gardening, etc.). Our dog, Ollie, is a rescue APBT who was was dumped along with his sister, both starving, at my previous campus, which was just up the road from a shelter. Our best guess is that the shelter was full or unable to take them for some reason. His sister is now a service dog and Ollie is a very loved, spoiled dog who learns faster than any dog I've ever met!
I love everything technology and will be integrating it as much as possible in all that we do! That said, after last year's virtual start, so many hybrid classes, and all of the social-emotional upheaval the pandemic has caused, we will also have a BIG focus on hands-on and social-emotional learning activities. I look forward to working with your Las Lomas Lions! If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out! I typically respond within 24 hours (or less). If you haven't heard back from me by then, please feel free to re-send or reach out again--it may have gotten lost along the way somehow. The best way to reach me is via email, email@example.com, which goes directly to my laptop and my phone!
I'm looking forward to an amazing year!
Unlike a typical homeroom, my class schedule looks different each day. Therefore, I do not have a set daily conference/planning time. If you prefer to conference on the phone, by videochat via Zoom, or to meet in person, I'll be happy to do any of those, but will need to make arrangements with you at least 24 hours in advance. Thanks so much for your ongoing support!
This year's classes and testing windows will be different from previous years' schedules. This year, classes with currently identified GT students will begin the week of August 30, 2021! There will be times when classes will be put "on hold" while entire grade levels and/or small groups are tested, but we will keep these windows of time as succinct as possilble. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we all adjust to these changes!
1/2 Day-- 1st Grade
1/2 Day-- 2nd Grade
Tuesdays 3rd Grade
Wednesdays 4th Grade
Thursdays 5th Grade
1/2 Day a.m.-- Testing &/or Kindergarten "Push-In" Services; Spring--Kinder Services
12:00-4:00 GT District, Curriculum, Planning, & PLC Meetings