Mrs. Melisa Shifflett

Mrs. 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 several senior tech labs, including InDesign, Yearbook, and 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.  Now I am back at Virgnia Tech continuing my education 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, and a 95 pound dog, Zeus.  My husband, Miles, is a landscape designer.  We love to canoe, hike, bike ride, or just enjoy the fresh air in our back yard.  


Here is the latest family photo:


We love to travel.  My husband and I have been to Germany, Poland, Mexico, Bahamas, Ireland, and all over the United States.  Our next destination is Scotland in 2019.

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.  He loves to go for runs with me and then lay around the house all day.

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.  Matilda is following in my footsteps and ran her first quarter mile running race at the age of 2.  She now runs in several quarter mile races a year, plays tennis, and does ballet/tap.  Amelia also loves to run, she actually never stops moving!   She also enjoys doing ballet.  Eliza spends her time laughing at her sisters and enjoying life!

And some final photos of my daughters:

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

Amelia and Eliza

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