Melissa Fry

“If you want to build a ship,

do not gather up people to collect wood, then divide the work and give orders.

Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I consider teaching to truly be the greatest profession! Everyday, teachers do important work.  Work that influences the present and the future.  We persist to motivate, inspire, query, and nurture our students.  We endeavour to collaborate with colleagues, grow in our professional pedagogy, and support our school communities.  On challenging days, we must remind each other and ourselves to be encouraged and to remember that every day we do make a difference. Be assured, that even small contributions can have a huge effect in the lives of children. It is an extraordinary honour to impact and shape the future of individuals and families.

I have had the privilege to teach in the inner city of Winnipeg, in northern Manitoba, in a small rural community, and in the city of Steinbach. My teaching career has taken me to three different school divisions and has included facilitating multi-grade and single grade classes from kindergarten to grade 4.  Numerous professional and personal role models have inspired me to be a life long learner and to strive to continually re-evaluate my practices.  My educational interests include

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Outdoor Education
  • School Learning Partnerships
  • Community Learning Partnerships

I look forward to a wonderful year of learning and engaging with the incredible students and teachers in our school division.


Coding Opportunities for All Students

WISE Kid-Netic Energy, is an outreach group that provides curriculum based workshops led by University of Manitoba students. WISE advocates for minorities and others who may not be equally represented in the fields of science and engineering. Recently, students at Elmdale School welcomed WISE presenters, Bea, Sophia, and Spencer. These enthusiastic instructors engaged students from…

Jan 27, 2020 · Melissa Fry

Using Digital Tools to Support Citizenship

As educators, we search for opportunities to inspire students towards positive character and active citizenship in our schools and local communities. At Elmdale School, digital tools have been used to support students as they develop the character and citizenship necessary to become leaders. An authentic and age-appropriate problem was presented to Mrs. Murphy’s grade two…

Jan 13, 2020 · Melissa Fry

Counting Collections: Developing Mathematical Understanding

Making mathematics instruction engaging, purposeful, and differentiated are some of our goals, as teachers.  We also keep those goals in mind as we consider students’ needs, curriculum, and assessment. In what ways can manipulatives be purposefully used in order to differentiate learning? How might we encourage communication of mathematical thinking as a means of assessment?…

Nov 27, 2019 · Melissa Fry

Reading in the Park-Literacy and Relationship Building

Healthy partnerships between schools and families are a strong predictor of student success. How can schools best initiate that partnership? How is that partnership sustained over school breaks? How can we access our positive family relationships in order to support our students’ literacy journey? Elmdale School students were supported through the summer break in an…

Nov 1, 2019 · Melissa Fry