Melissa has a great passion for teaching and is excited to be a member of the EAL teaching team at Stonyhurst. She first started at Stonyhurst as a Year 5 Learning Assistant and through continuous professional development advanced to the role of EAL teacher. Melissa is a graduate from the University of Southern Queensland where she obtained a BA in Journalism and Public Relations. She previously worked as a journalist in Malaysia writing for publications such as Bernama news and The News Straits Times Press.

Melissa then became passionate in teaching when she took over the role of principal in a local learning centre. She has a passion for teaching English to students from diverse backgrounds and abilities, observing their growth in confidence both in speaking and writing the language. She gained a total of 5 years of teaching experience working and managing the centre.

Besides that, Melissa also has several years of experience being a substitute teacher at local public schools here in Penang. This is where she encountered students with very low English proficiency and worked with them to slowly build their ability and confidence in speaking, reading and writing in English where they were able to do well in their national examinations.

Melissa strongly believes that no matter the ability, proficiency or background every child has the potential to be a success and it’s the teacher’s responsibility to encourage and guide them to reach their full potential.

Melissa spends her free time cooking, baking and journaling about the delicious treats she makes. She believes that good food can unite people and hopes to share the joy of cooking and baking with her students. She is also excited to explore and incorporate the Jesuit values in her teaching, to ensure that students get a holistic educational experience, developing not only their skills and academics but also their interpersonal and social growth.