Lou Ann Melino - First Grade Teacher
I grew up in Somerville, the oldest of five children. I attended Catholic school through high school, where I met my husband of 40 years. We settled in Wakefield in 1980 and have three children. They graduated from Saint Joseph School many years ago. I have four grandchildren. The oldest is in the four-year old Early Childhood program in this wonderful school.
I love spending time with my family, especially on Sundays when we have dinner together. In my free time I love to read. My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. I also love to shop for my grandchildren. I am an avid Boston sports fan and love watching the Patriots. I even attended one of their play-off games at Gillette Stadium on one of the coldest days of the year. In the warmer weather I especially enjoy walking around the lake while listening to music.
I graduated from Salem State with a degree in Elementary Education and taught second grade in Somerville for five years. After I had my first child I decided to take time off from teaching to be a stay at home mom. When my youngest was in school full time, I returned to the classroom.
I taught language arts and reading to Middle School students in Somerville for the next seven years while pursuing a Master's degree in School Administration from Emmanuel College. After receiving my degree, I served as principal in various Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Boston for twelve years.
Then God's plan led me back to Saint Joseph School. I found my true passion - returning to the classroom and being with children each day. What a gift it has been to teach first grade for the past two and a half years! I am looking forward to teaching many more years here at Saint Joseph School.
Why I love working at SJS:
I love Saint Joseph School because of its friendly, family type atmosphere. My first floor colleagues are very supportive and we work well together. The parents are always ready to help, but the students are the BEST part of being here!
"God doesn't look at how much we do, but with how much love we do it with." -St. Mother Theresa