Meet Madera’s New 5th Grade Teacher: Melanie Phippard

Melanie PhippardBefore coming to the West Contra Costa Unfied School District, I student taught 3rd Grade at Emerson School in Berkeley, and completed my St. Mary’s “Long-term Student-Teaching” stint of four months, with a 3rd Grade at Rancho Romero School in  Alamo, California with flying colors.

I later came to our district, and the experiences have been varied and interesting. Many years ago, I had the privilege of teaching a 4/5 split in El Cerrito, at Harding Elementary School.  As I looked back over the years, I thought it was high time I got back to the energy and vibrancy of the learning community of El Cerrito once again.  Happily, I interviewed last spring for the Fifth Grade position here at Madera, and feel grateful to now be included in the Madera Community.

I have taught pretty much all of the grades, 6, 4, 4/5, 4, 3, 3/4 and 2nd.  I have enjoyed them all, and look forward to a great year here with my Fifth Grade Class!

I feel fortunate in that I have had the benefit of living in many different locations and environments while growing up all over the world..  I landed in the Bay Area to attend Mills College, and stayed on to complete my Teaching Credential at St. Mary’s College, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership at Mills College in 2007.  I hope to be more involved with leadership in the future, and this year I am on the Core Curriculum Study Team for the District.

In addition to teaching, I enjoy playing piano and guitar, as well as singing. I have played all over the world, as well as with many artists and bands in the Bay Area over the years. I feel that my going out and doing these things from time to time, inspires children to see that they can do whatever they set their hearts to do, as long as they work hard and persevere at their talents.

At school, the kids enjoy hearing some music and singing from time to time as well. I focus on my teaching during the School Year, however, you can follow my music career in that area online @,, iTunes, rHapsody, and all of the music services should you so desire.

I thank all of the parents and the community for their marvelous support of my program here, and hope everyone has a chance to say “Hello” at some point this trimestre!


Ms. Melanie Phippard