Ms. Melanie Rosales
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I am a transplant from Illinois. I grew up in a small suburb known as Palos Hills and attended private school my entire childhood. In college, I attended Illinois State University where I was able to gain teaching experience in a variety of settings such as Co-Teaching 7th grade, K-4 Resource, High School Life Skills, and an alternative school for emotional and behavioral disabilities. After receiving my bachelor's degree in Special Education Learning and Behavior in May of 2014, I accepted a job in Casa Grande Elementary School District and moved to Arizona. I worked as a K-3 Resource teacher for 3 years and taught students who had specific learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, emotional disorders, speech and language disorders, and/or autism.
Sousa Elementary was one of the first schools that I interviewed at. When I met the students and staff, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this tight knit community. I feel so lucky to be a part of a school that utilizes PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports), uses technology (SMARTboard, Lenovas, etc), and does such an amazing job at integrating those students with special needs into the general education setting.
On a more personal level, I live in Gilbert with my significant other, Alex, and our 3 furbabies (a 3 year old calico cat, a 2 year old mutt, and a 1 year old saint bernard). After work or on the weekends, you could find me playing with my dogs, exploring the mountains, building things (tables and barn doors), reading a book, or eating out. Over breaks, I enjoy traveling back to the midwest to spend time with my family and get my dose of all 4 seasons.