Melissa Bourgeois

melissaHead of School Development, Head of English Department
Grade 7 English & Social Studies Teacher

I love connecting with students, and have a diverse background as an educator. I have taught in the NYC public schools as well as abroad, have managed the curriculum for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I am also a certified yoga teacher for both children and adults. I hold a BA in English from Columbia University and a Masters in Education from Lehman College as a NYC Teaching Fellow.

In my years as a Language Arts teacher at the Manhattan School for Children, my classroom was used as a model for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. I worked closely with consultants from Teachers College along with my colleagues to practice and refine the workshop model of teaching reading and writing. Educators from various schools would observe to learn the style and debrief after the lessons. It was during this time that I fell in love with teaching reading and writing, and I am grateful to be able to teach what I love at GSB.

I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at GSB since the school began in 2014. In 2015, my role expanded when I took on the positions of Head of Lower School and Head of the English Department. Last year my role expanded again when I took on the position of Head of School Development, which will encompass both the Lower and Middle Schools. I am grateful to be part of such a supportive, dynamic community.

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