Ms. Stuart

Ms. Stuart

 Teaching is my passion.  I enjoy being a positive role model for students as I challenge them to learn to think for themselves.  In this process, I hope to inspire students to learn not only the content area that I am teaching (English and PE) but also about their passions.  What motivates them to get up in the morning? 

     As a NHS member in high school, I have always valued academics and my extracurricular activities: sports, theater.  Furthermore, I showed horses competitively performing at the National Western Stock Show and American Paint Horse Nationals; my horses taught me a lot about responsibility, patience, and true love.  As a college soccer player, I also traveled overseas representing the United States with the East West Ambassadors.  After my soccer career, I pursued my mogul skiing career, and I was fortunate enough to compete for CU and train in Canada and New Zealand.  I was lucky to have these opportunities as I now utilize these experiences in my year-round coaching endeavors: softball, swim team, Crossfit, soccer, basketball, skiing (WP Competition Center).

     Currently, the most important part of my life is being a parent to my four amazing children.  Daily, they fill a place in my heart that I never knew was empty.  They have taught me the importance of time because that is one item that no one gets back.  Being a parent has made me better in every aspect of my life: love, organization, communication, flexibility, embracing mistakes, laughing more, and striving for excellence.  My children keep me grounded, and they often teach me the value of presence. 

     As a teacher at West Grand High School, I provide a safe environment for students to learn and grow.  Mistakes are opportunities to learn.  Questions are welcomed as they provide clarity for all.  Classroom discussions lead to better understanding of the material.  Flexibility is key to fully realize those "teachable moments."  I enjoy motivating students and athletes to push out of their comfort zone and become risk takers.  In life, it is important to take risks because as TS Eliot says, "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

Ms. Johnston

Ms. Johnston

Hello!  I am Melissa Johnston, and this year will be my fourth year at West Grand High School.  Currently, I teach English 9, English 10, creative writing, drama/ speech, and COM 115/ Lit. 115 for dual credit through CNCC.  I also sponsor the WGHS Book Club and the high school Rachel’s Challenge Club.  Even though this is only my fourth year here, this is my eleventh year of teaching, and I couldn’t be more excited to be here and to be a Mustang! 

I recently earned my MA in English through National University.  Previously, I graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in English, concentrating in writing.  After graduation, my husband and I moved to a small, rural town in North Carolina; there weren’t any jobs for a girl fresh out of college with a writing degree, so I started substitute teaching at the local school.  Because I fell in love with it, I decided to go back to school for my teacher certification.  I earned my secondary education licensure at East Carolina University.  Needless to say, I am a life-long learner, and I hope to share my passion for reading and writing with my students.

In 2001, my husband, Mark, and I moved to Colorado from North Carolina, and we have been here ever since.  We take every advantage of living in the mountains and love the outdoors.  In my spare time, I enjoy camping, rafting, skiing, reading, writing, traveling with my husband, and spoiling my Golden Retriever, Rex.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience if I can ever be of assistance to you in the West Grand community!