About Mrs. Melissa Buist...
Team/Department: 3rd Grade
My name is Melissa Buist, I am excited to begin another year here at Navarette. I have been teaching 3rd grade here since the school opened in 2004. I cannot WAIT to be part of your child's 3rd grade learning experience. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband, who also teaches in the Chandler District, and our two daughters, Madelyn and Makenna. Teaching this age is so fun, engaging, and exciting. I look forward to a seamless home/school partnership.
My Education and Professional Background
After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Radio and TV in 1998, I moved to Phoenix to work in the industry at the local NBC and FOX affiliates. After TV, I found myself climbing the corporate ladder in sales at a Fortune 500 company as a recruiting manager, I was a natural! Something was missing for me. I went back to school to get my masters degree at Northern Arizona University in Curriculum and Instruction, I was fulfilled! Teaching is my passion. Every year changes, the changes are welcomed. Third grade is a big year for growth. I enjoy seeing the kids grow. Teaching has filled the space for me professionally since 2004. I enjoy making a difference in young people's lives.
My Educational Philosophy
Winning isn't everything, the WANT to win is...Vince Lombardi's line drives my philosophy in regards to teaching. As long as the students give their personal best in the classroom, that is all I can ask. The WANT to do their best, the NEED to be problem solvers, the DRIVE to work hard to learn skills in and beyond the classroom is all I can ask. I hope to help build lifelong learners, create partnering with parents, and experience memories with kids that last forever. They'll always be my kid, even after our official time together. During our time together, they'll enjoy the year, I'll make sure of it.