Dr. Melisa Shifflett

Dr. Melisa Shifflett


I am really excited about another year teaching at the Governor’s School.  I will be teaching Math Analysis and Calculus I for juniors.  I will also be teaching the senior tech lab, Scientific Photography.

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 taught at Heritage High School before moving to the Governor's School.  I also took graduate math courses at Lynchburg College.  Recently I earned my PhD from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Integrative STEM Education.

In my free time I like to spend time with my family, mainly outdoors.  I have three daughters, Matilda, Amelia, and Eliza.  My husband, Miles, is a landscape designer.  We also have a Great Dane, Mae.  We love to kayak, canoe, hike, bike ride, or just enjoy the fresh air in our back yard. 


Here is the latest family photo:


We love to travel.  We have been to Germany, Poland, Mexico, Bahamas, Ireland, Scotland, and all over the United States. 

Here is a picture from our trip to Ireland several years ago:

Matilda's first canoe trip (almost 3 years old)

Matilda, Amelia, and Eliza cheesing for the camera:


Our dog, Zeus.  While he is no longer with us, he was our first and favorite family pet.

I also enjoy exercising and training for all kinds of races.  I have done several sprint triathlons, 5k runs, 4 mile runs, 10 mile runs, and a half marathon.  My three girls are even more active than I am!  They love to run, scooter, skate, bikeride, and skateboard.  The girls enjoy doing gymnastics, tennis, and lacrosse. We try to stay outside as much as possible, but when indoors, there is always a craft project of some sort being created.  

And some final photos of my daughters:

Eliza (with a blanket made by a student, Maggie Kicklighter... THANK YOU!!!)

A family hike

Matilda and Amelia:

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