Community Member Profile: Melissa Stanley

Shinglehouse, PA

About Melissa Stanley

Melissa Stanley lives in Shinglehouse, PA and was one of the first out-of-state participants in the Mystic Seaport for Educators Fellowship.  She is certified as a History teacher for grades 7-12 and is currently a substitute teacher in the Oswayo Valley School District, while anxiously waiting for her own classroom.  Being a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Melissa learned of the fellowship during the Educators Weekend and jumped at the opportunity to research the Museum's Collections Research Center.  In her time here, Melissa worked with an early 1800s pocket terrestrial globe, letters concerning a measles epidemic in 1900 in Canada and Alaska, and, a letter written by Alexander Hamilton seeking information on distilleries to create the Excise Whiskey Tax of 1791.

Melissa attended Houghton College in Houghton, NY and graduated with a BA in History as well as a BA in Adolescence Education.  After graduation, she pursued graduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), located in Indiana, PA and graduated with a 4.0 in 2012 with a Masters in History.  During her time at IUP she was inducted into several honor societies, including Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Kappa Phi.  If you asked Melissa why she chose to become a teacher, she would tell you that she wants to see students succeed and wants to challenge the popular notion that history is boring. 

When she is not pursuing further education, Melissa takes time to enjoy living in the Pennsylvania mountains and especially enjoys trout fishing and getting lost on back roads in her beat-up Jeep with her chocolate Labrador, Brandi. Recently, she has become a member of her local historical society and hopes to help digitize collections as well as bring the society into the 21st century through the creation of a web page and facebook site.  

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