Mrs. Melisa Shifflett

Mrs. Melisa Shifflett

I am really excited about teaching at the Governor’s School.  I will be teaching Calculus for both the juniors and the seniors.  I have had many years experience teaching AP Calculus at Heritage High School, so I am ready for the new challenge.

I was born in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and was raised in South Jersey.  I spent my summers at the beach, the Chesapeake Bay and the pool and the winters going skiing as often as possible.  I went to Virginia Tech for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, majoring in Mathematics and Education.  I raced on the Virginia Tech Ski Team in the Giant Slalom and Slalom events and enjoyed going to all the football games.  I moved to Lynchburg after college and began teaching at Heritage High School.

In my free time, I like to go hiking and canoeing with my husband, Miles, my daughter, Matilda, and our 95 pound dog, Zeus.  We enjoy any activity that keeps us outside, even gardening and cutting the grass.  My husband is a Landscape Architect so we are constantly doing new things to our yard.  I am very proud of the fire pit that I designed and installed myself using old walkway pavers.

I also enjoy exercising and training for all kinds of races.  I have done several sprint triathlons, 5k runs, 4 mile runs, and a half marathon.  My next challenge is a 1 mile open water swim race that will prepare me to eventually take part in the 4 mile Bay Bridge swim.  My daughter is following in my footsteps and ran her first quarter mile running race at the age of 2.

I will leave you with a quote that has stuck with me ever since I first heard it:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou