Degrees and Certifications:
2019-2020 Campus Teacher of the Year Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Chaminade University of Honolulu EC-6 Core Subjects Certification ESL Certification Google Certified Level 2 Educator FlipGrid Certified Level 1 Educator
Mrs. Melissa Gutierrez
Hello Kindergarten Family!! My name is Mrs. Gutierrez (or G for short). I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year. We are going to be doing so many exciting things over the next few months, and of course we will learn a lot. Here are some things you can practice at home with your Kindergartener: https://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-tips-parents-kindergartners
I believe being a teacher means facilitating a safe, loving environment because every student should be afforded the opportunity to become the best version of themselves. By instilling the love of learning in each person who enters my classroom, I get to open the gateway to new, exciting worlds through books, no matter their background or situation. I get to help create a new generation of objective thinkers, problem solvers, and creative dreamers.
I am a Tyler ISD graduate. I attended Clarkston as a child, then on to Moore and finally graduating from Robert E. Lee. After graduation I began college at the University of North Texas. I travelled the world for a few years with my active duty, US Navy husband. Then I transferred to and graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science degree (summa cum laude) in Early Childhood Education. I am also a Google Level 2 Certified Educator. This will be my third year teaching Kindergarten at Clarkston.
I am married to my high school sweetheart. Together we have I have 2 children, one in high school and one in the 5th grade. We have 2 boxer dogs, and a bearded dragon that usually resides in our classroom, stays home with me for the summer. For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher, but when I'm not teaching I enjoy building furniture and decorating my house!