It's Wildcat Wednesday! Every Wednesday, we will spotlight a member of the LR Wildcat family.
This week we are introducing you to Lisa Melgren!
Speech/Language Pathologist at LRP
Tell us about your family (human and/or fur family):
I have two grown up “kids”. My daughter, Paige, is 27 and my son, Neil, is 24. They both live in Baltimore now. I have a beloved dog, Saki, who (fortunately) still lives with me.
How long have you been a teacher/worked in education?
This is my 31st year as a Speech/Language Pathologist in public education.
How long have you worked for LR?
This is my 20th year at LR. I worked for 11 years at Willard first.
Why did you choose to work for LR?
My four siblings and I attended LR schools K-12th grade. My mom taught Special Ed at LR. Returning to LR to work was simply coming home. I loved my school experience in this district and wanted to carry on that tradition by helping my students love school and learning.
What is your favorite thing about working for LR?
Very favorite would be the kids - and then all the other people - my incredible colleagues and friends, plus the administration and families. I feel like we are all on the same team - wanting what is best for kids!
If you had to choose a different grade/subject to teach, what would it be?
I think I would enjoy teaching college students, because I’ve loved sharing my passion for my job with the “student teachers” I have mentored.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I always said I did NOT want to be a teacher, because my mom and sister were teachers, and I wanted to do my own thing. Then I discovered and fell in love with speech/language pathology and it was only natural that I ended up working in public education, because I’ve always loved being with children.
What is your favorite quote?
I love quotes and don’t have a single favorite, but one I keep on my wall at school is SEIZE THE DAY. This reminds me to always make the most of every teaching opportunity with every student I work with.
What do you like to do when you're not at school?
Read, do yoga, spend time with friends and family, and travel.
Anything else you would like people to know about you?
I LOVE my job. I always say it, because it is SO true! I feel extremely fortunate to get to make a living doing something that I love so much, and working with young kids never gets old.