Melissa Wender is in her first year as an English and History teacher at West Nottingham Academy. She completed a B.A. in Theater at Connecticut College and an M.A.T. with a concentration in Secondary English from Loyola University of Maryland. She works with the basketball and drama programs. She believes that the core of the study of English is learning to communicate and interpret ideas. The work done in the English classroom has an impact throughout the lives of students in the present and the future. She excocted to teach United States History along with American Literature in order to connect the literature with the context of the historical situation.