Welcome to Ms. Nelms's Website

Phone: 540-662-3945 ext. 65027


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education PK-6 MA, English Language Learning ESOL Pk-12 LETRS trained Orton Gillingham certified Level One Google Certified Educator

Ms. Melissa Nelms

I am a native of Winchester, Virginia and a proud graduate of Winchester Public Schools.  After working as an instructional assistant for over 17 years, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher and graduated from Western Governors University in 2015.  Language acquisition is a passion of mine, and I hold a Master of Arts degree in English Language Learning. In addition to my elementary education license, I am also endorsed to teach ESOL.  Having taught kindergarten through second grade for a number of years, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach English Language Learners this year at DMIS.  I am so grateful that I get to spend my days with my students.  My primary goal is to teach them a love of learning and make their school experiences ones that they will remember fondly for years to come.

When I am not busy in my classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading by the pool, and doing all sorts of crafts with my daughter.  I am a life-long learner and am currently working towards a Reading Specialist endorsement.  

 These are a few of my favorite things:

Children's book:  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Favorite subject in school:  Language Arts

Favorite Color:  purple

Favorite Food:  Chinese, Mexican, and cheesecake

I never start my day without:  iced coffee from Dunkin' and some good music for my ride to school