About the Author

sm headshotI began my teaching career in Michigan, after working with preschool children in college. I worked with one other college sophomore to supervise 23 preschool children for nine hours a day! I fell in love with the kids and decided that teaching was for me. I taught four years in 2nd grade, two years in 1st grade, and one year in 5-8th grade science and math. I moved to Arizona in August of 2008, and have been teaching and consulting for gifted and advanced K-5 students at two Title I schools.

I graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Child Development, and a Biology minor. I then returned for an M.A. in Literacy and Language Instruction. Even though I have a natural affinity for math and sciences, I chose a Masters program centered around language arts because I was teaching early elementary and needed to develop in this area professionally. My credentials include certificates in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; as well as endorsements in Reading, Gifted Instruction, and Structured English Immersion. What I love most about teaching is that children have so much natural enthusiasm for learning.

After the birth of my second child, I enjoyed a lengthly maternity leave, and then made the decision to work from home while my kids are still small. Taking a break from the classroom felt a little unnatural after so many years, but I am grateful to have found a meaningful way to stay connected to this profession…until I return, Mrs. L’s Leveled Learning will be my creative outlet and hopefully a relief for teachers looking to make their life a little easier!

My personal interests include travel, and the arts. I have visited several European countries and Australia. I enjoy singing in choirs, playing guitar, creating two and three-dimensional crafts, hiking, and eating! (My husband is a trained chef.) I also really enjoy reading whenever I have the time.

Thanks for stopping by,

Melanie LiCausi


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