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Melanee Barton

Melanee Barton



Melanee S. Barton is an Instructor of English and the English Education Program Coordinator. She comes to Southern Miss with thirteen years’ experience in secondary education. Her previous work allowed her to connect theory and practice through different pedagogies and work as a mentor to new educators. It is her hope to share her classroom experience with teacher candidates as they prepare for careers in education. Her interests lie in English education with specific focuses on teaching methods, pedagogy, adolescent literature, and education policy. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.

  • MED - William Carey University (2019)
  • BA - University of Southern Mississippi (2005)

ENG 494/495 - As a required course for English Licensure students at the undergraduate level, this course seeks to help students understand the concepts and methods used in today’s diverse English classrooms by means of a placement in a local school. English 494 and 495 are designed to give students the most exposure to the expectations required of teacher candidates before beginning their careers in the field and aligns to most INTASC, CAEP, and NCTE standards. The goal of this experience is to replicate, as much as possible, the real world of teaching. Under supervision of a mentor teacher, teacher candidates will have opportunities to implement the things they have learned about teaching. They will demonstrate their acquisition of the power of knowledge to inform, the power to inspire, the power to transform lives, and the ability to empower a community of learners.

As the instructor for this course, I make it my priority to be available to students during field experience. I apply a hands-on approach when it comes to feedback and remediation. I work directly with students to ensure they are not only meeting the objectives of the course, but also doing what it takes to operate fully and capably in a classroom post graduation.

  • Mississippi Professional Educators
  • National Council of Teachers of English

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Areas of Expertise

English Education; Education Pedagogy; Literature in the Secondary Classroom; Grammar and Language Instruction; Writing for Educators