About Me

Name:  Miss Melissa (Lissa) Needham

School:  Johnson Elementary

Room: 16

School Phone: (248) 684-8028

Celll Phone: (810) 955-2454

Email: melissa.needham@hvs.org

Hello and welcome to fourth grade!  My name is Miss (Lissa) Needham and I am looking forward to my eighteenth year at Johnson!  I am a graduate of Western Michigan University and I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology and Elementary Education.  I also received my Masters of Arts in Speech/Language Pathology/Audiology in 1989. I began my career as an educator in 1990 as a Speech/Language Pathologist for the Barry Intermediate School District in Hastings, Michigan.  From there, I moved to Woodland Park, Colorado where I was a resource teacher at Columbine Elementary School (no relation to Columbine High School) for eleven years.  I moved back home to Michigan in 2003 with my daughter Olivia where I joined the Johnson Elementary family.  I currently live in White Lake.  My daughter, Olivia, grand daughter, two grandsons and son-in law live in Iowa.    Other than being a mom, grammy and an educator, I enjoy reading, dancing, theatre hanging out with friends, movies, and laughing a lot!  

At the beginning of every school year, I spend time in the classroom preparing for the next nine months with a new classroom community.  Just like the students, I think about what the year will be like...Who will be in my class?  What will our learning community be like this year?  What will be the joys and challenges we will face?  I imagine what each student will be like and I wait eagerly for that first day when I finally meet all of them. I believe that education is not about teaching. Education is about learning.  Therefore, a safe learning environment must be one that meets the needs of every student.  Each child comes into the classroom with unique gifts, talents and a history that is their own.  Each student has challenges that can be faced in a safe learning environment.  Room 16 is a place where those unique differences are honored.  This year, each student will have the opportunity to learn to become leaders through "The Leader in Me" program.  This school wide initiative started four years ago with wonderful success!  I am looking forward to watching students grow even more into the leaders of their lives!  Through the seven habits, each student will achieve at their level, be encouraged to take risks, learn to accept each others’ differences, and celebrate successes.  We will have many opportunities to work together to make decisions and solve problems.  

We will also focus on having a growth mindset.  In my class, students learn to honor failure and use their mistakes as huge opportunities to learn.  We will look at lots of examples of successful people who were able to use their challenges to propell them to greatness!  

Each child comes with a family and a life outside of school.  I am looking forward to getting to know each room 16 family! Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or just want to chat! 

Again, welcome, and I am looking forward to a GREAT year!

 

elissa (Lissa) Needham

 

Hello and welcome to fourth grade!  My name is Miss (Lissa) Needham and I am looking forward to my eighteenth year at Johnson!  I am a graduate of Western Michigan University and I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology and Elementary Education.  I also received my Masters of Arts in Speech/Language Pathology/Audiology in 1989. I began my career as an educator in 1990 as a Speech/Language Pathologist for the Barry Intermediate School District in Hastings, Michigan.  From there, I moved to Woodland Park, Colorado where I was a resource teacher at Columbine Elementary School (no relation to Columbine High School) for eleven years.  I moved back home to Michigan in 2003 with my daughter Olivia where I joined the Johnson Elementary family.  I currently live in White Lake.  My daughter, Olivia, grand daughter, two grandsons and son-in law live in Iowa.    Other than being a mom, grammy and an educator, I enjoy reading, dancing, theatre hanging out with friends, movies, and laughing a lot!  

At the beginning of every school year, I spend time in the classroom preparing for the next nine months with a new classroom community.  Just like the students, I think about what the year will be like...Who will be in my class?  What will our learning community be like this year?  What will be the joys and challenges we will face?  I imagine what each student will be like and I wait eagerly for that first day when I finally meet all of them. I believe that education is not about teaching. Education is about learning.  Therefore, a safe learning environment must be one that meets the needs of every student.  Each child comes into the classroom with unique gifts, talents and a history that is their own.  Each student has challenges that can be faced in a safe learning environment.  Room 16 is a place where those unique differences are honored.  This year, each student will have the opportunity to learn to become leaders through "The Leader in Me" program.  This school wide initiative started four years ago with wonderful success!  I am looking forward to watching students grow even more into the leaders of their lives!  Through the seven habits, each student will achieve at their level, be encouraged to take risks, learn to accept each others’ differences, and celebrate successes.  We will have many opportunities to work together to make decisions and solve problems.  

We will also focus on having a growth mindset.  In my class, students learn to honor failure and use their mistakes as huge opportunities to learn.  We will look at lots of examples of successful people who were able to use their challenges to propell them to greatness!  

Each child comes with a family and a life outside of school.  I am looking forward to getting to know each room 16 family! Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or just want to chat! 

Again, welcome, and I am looking forward to a GREAT year!