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Melinda Clark, coauthor of Patterns of Power for Adolescent Writers, knew she wanted to be a teacher at an early age. Gathering her sister and neighbors around the picnic table, she read stories and taught her young students the alphabet. She loved everything about school and learning but especially loved reading and writing.
Melinda realized early in her teaching career that reading and writing didn’t come as easily for her students. It wasn’t until she began to research the writing process that she realized correcting mistakes and filling in grammar worksheets wouldn’t advance her student’s writing skills. Students needed to be surrounded by good writing in order to improve their own writing. After attending a workshop taught by Jeff Anderson, she transformed her writing instruction and in turn, watched her student’s writing improve.
A graduate of Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Melinda also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership with Principals’ Certification from Lamar University. Currently the Academic Program Coordinator at a Title 1 high school in San Antonio, she has 31 years experience in education, including teaching middle school and high school English Language Arts, instructional coaching, independent consulting, and presenting at the district, regional and state levels.
In her free time, Melinda enjoys professional learning opportunities found on social media, snuggling on the couch with a good book and her dog, Nestle, and motorcycle rides in the Texas Hill Country with her husband, Asa.