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Melissa Carpenter is a Charles County native and graduated from Thomas Stone High School. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Salisbury University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. For the last seven years Melissa has been a fifth-grade teacher at William B. Wade Elementary. As well as being on the Early Career Educator Team, she is also a building rep and chair of the MSEA Early Career Educator Task Force.

Contact at [email protected].

Michelle Darty is an 8th grade science teacher at Milton Somers Middle School. She earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Maryland.  Michelle has taught K-12 science and has been an Instructional Support Teacher (IST) over the years.  Michelle has also coached LEGO robotics, been a curriculum writer for Science and STEM and was an EACC Building Representative.  She is an avid baker and most importantly the proud mommy of two amazing boys ages 2 and 4.  
Chelsey Short is a K-5 teacher at Fresh Start Academy where she helps students understand and manage their emotions. She helps students demonstrating aggression towards others, destruction of school property or elopement find strategies to learn effectively in any academic setting. She earned her BS in Elementary Education with a focus on K-8 mathematics and a minor in special education at Southwest Minnesota State University. Chelsey is a member of the early career educator team in Chares County, a member of the EACC Executive Board, team member of the MSEA ECE task force, Co-Chair of NEA’s Young Professional Caucus, and most importantly a new mom!  
Keyanna Williams is a 2nd-year teacher at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School. She currently teaches 1st grade. Keyanna is a Charles County native and graduated from Thomas Stone High School. She earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership at Towson University. She is passionate about justice and advocacy within education. Keyanna is new to the ECE team but ready to work! Contact at [email protected]



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