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Faculty Spotlight! Melissa Fisher: Coordinator of Special Education

 

Our latest faculty spotlight is Melissa Fisher! The FoHCS will now be doing faculty spotlights so that everyone can learn more about our amazing staff, faculty & administration.

The Hoboken Charter School is made great by the individuals who actively carry out our mission with respect to education, service, and critical thinking. Outside the classroom, they also exemplify the thoughtfulness and behavior they seek to instill in our children on a daily basis. Learn more about what makes our HCS faculty truly awesome!

 

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT !!

Melissa Fisher: Coordinator of Special Education

 


 

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Plainsboro, NJ.

2. What experiences in your life made you decide to focus on social work?/ What experiences in your life led you to a focus on Special Education?

In High School, I elected to participate in a cross age teaching program, where I spent each afternoon during my Senior year volunteering in an elementary classroom for students with moderate language and learning disabilities. This experience had a tremendous impact in shaping my decision to pursue education, and I was beyond thrilled when Ms. Grode brought a similar program to the Upper School and gave me the opportunity to co-teach the course with her.

3. Where did you go to school?

I am definitely a Jersey girl, earning my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and my master’s from the College of NJ. I eventually went back to Rutgers to complete additional post-grad work as well.

4. What has your career path been?/ How did you arrive at HCS?

I was a special education teacher in the West Windsor-Plainsboro district at the elementary level and then moved up to Hoboken when I joined the Child Study Team in Glen Rock, as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant. Randomly, I saw a job posting for the position at HCS and checked out the website. Once I saw that the school was committed to service learning and had such a robust academic program, I knew I had to be a part of the community.

5. Tell us something you are really proud of.

I am incredibly proud of the relationships I have built with my former students. Last year, my first cohort of students entered college, and it was amazing to see their transition into adulthood.

6. Tell us something most parents and students don’t know about you.

I am a big sports fan. Go Dallas Cowboys and NY Knicks!

7. What is your favorite Hoboken restaurant?
I love Antique Bar and Bakery and Zafras, and my go to pizza place is Rosarios on Willow.

8. What’s is your favorite book/author & why?

I do not think I can pick an all time favorite, but one of the best books I read in 2017 was Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. I will read anything by Jhumpa Lahiri, Khaled Hossini, and Liane Moriarty.

9. In your opinion, What is the best thing about HCS?

Hands down, the best thing about HCS is the community of passionate and dedicated educators.

10. What’s your favorite thing to do when you are not at school?

I like to cook, read and take different types of work out classes.