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Mrs. Melissa Sussman - Gen.  Ed. Kindergarten Teacher

Pleviak Elementary School - Room #200

email - msussman@rlas-116.org

phone - 847-270-9490 ext. 6413 


M.S. in Ed. in Early Childhood  - Northern Illinois University 
B.S. in Ed. in Special Education  - Illinois State University

I have been teaching in Round Lake Area School District since August 1994.  I started at W. J. Murphy Elementary School as a teacher to children with special needs from grades 1 - 6.  I taught at W. J. Murphy for 9 years and in August 2003, I began teaching early childhood special education here at the Early Education Center.  I finally found my true teaching passion in life!  I began working on my Master's Degree at Northern Illinois University in January 2005 and completed my degree in December 2008.  In August 2008, I began teaching kindergarten special education when the EEC had gone to extended day kindergarten.  This school year I switched to kindergarten general education and I LOVE IT!!!

I am originally from Roanoke, Illinois, which is a very small, rural town with a population of 2,000.  I taught one year in Danville, Illinois before teaching here in Round Lake.  While teaching in Round Lake, I have made several wonderful friends.  One friend and colleague introduced me to her neighbor, Kurt, whom I fell in love with and married in July 1997.  After several years of marriage and happiness, we decided to have a child.  In May 2008, our wonderful and beautiful daughter Hannah was born.  She is the joy of my life and continues to inspire me to try to be the best teacher I can be!!!  

I want to inspire children to be the best that he or she can be in life.  I believe that every child can learn, but it is my job to find the way to achieve that goal in learning.  I am a life-long learner as I continue to further my own education towards a second Master's Degree.  My hope is to inspire my students to become life-long learners as well!  


"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."- Ben Franklin