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Mrs. Melissa Elison

Welcome to 7th grade Language Arts! I'm Mrs. Elison, and this is my 6th year on the Mariners team here at Upper Merion Area Middle School. I have taught English for over 12 years, including at Upper Merion Area High School and Penndale Middle School in the North Penn School District. My passion is motivating students to reach their potential as readers, writers, and as people. I have a bachelor's degree in English from Ursinus College and a master's degree in English from West Chester University, as well as my English 7-12 teaching certification. In addition, I am a fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project and have been involved in the summer youth program at West Chester University. My number one priority is always my students! 

My hobbies include reading, cooking, exercising, visiting the mountains, and bike riding with my family. I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys. We had an adventurous summer that included a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. But now I'm excited to be back to school! Together we can make 7th grade a meaningful, memorable, and fun learning experience. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions or concerns. I look forward to a successful and rewarding school year for all of my students!