2017-18 Staff photo of Melissa Bowdoin

Ms. Melissa Bowdoin

Middle School Dean — 7th Grade 
Middle School Science
Electives: DesignThinking
Room 23
650-851-1571 ext. 1023
Instagram: ms_b_science (private account)

*It is important to note that my class will be facilitated primarily through Google Classroom. All students are a member of this online forum and can access announcements, assignments, resources, and due dates here. Please remind your student that they are responsible for checking both Google Classroom and their email regularly.*

Welcome to my website! 

I feel so honored to start my sixth year as a member of your amazing community and to call myself a collaborator of this incredible Middle School team!  I'm sure you're wondering a little bit about me (as I am just as interested and excited to learn about you), so here are a few tidbits of information about me!
My Background:
I live in Campbell, and have lived in the Bay Area all my life.  I grew up attending schools in the Cupertino Unified School District and Archbishop Mitty High School.  I attended college at San Jose State University and received my credential at California State University, Monterey Bay.  Currently I am working towards my Masters degree in Education Administration.  Before coming to Woodside, I taught first grade in San Jose for seven years.  Within my last school, I worked as the Curriculum Coordinator and assisted as a lead on our Administrative Team.  Some of my additional duties included new teacher mentoring, and point person for updates in the California State Standards and Common Core.  Coming to Woodside, I taught 4th grade my first two years here.  Along with my current position, teaching Middle School Science, I am also the Middle School Design Lead, and Athletic Director.
Aside from teaching, one of my most favorite things I love to do on a daily basis is stay active!  I'm an avid runner and love hiking.  In addition to running and hiking, I also enjoy a good SoulCycle class, playing with my 10 year old beagle, Darla, BBQing with my family, and taking scenic drives to the coast.  
One last thing you should know about me is...I am a sports fanatic!  I follow football (go Niners!), baseball (sorry, Giants fans...go Phillies!), hockey (go Sharks!), and when the Olympics come around: swimming, track and field, water polo, soccer, volleyball, and extreme sports like surfing and wakeboarding.
I hope to get to know you and your interests as the year progresses!
Personal Growth:
To prepare myself for the year to come, I've been working diligently in the classroom - setting up, organizing, etc.  Additionally, I've been meeting with local science teachers and mentors to gain insight and tips for teaching this amazing subject.  Over the summer, I became well-versed in our NEW curriculum series: STEMscopes and supplemental materials aligning with the new NGSS. 
Throughout my 12 (this year I'll round out my 13th year!) years of teaching I have attended many conferences on classroom management, behavior, communication, best practices and the wide spectrum of teaching methodologies for all subjects. 

My Philosophy:
I believe that as unique individuals, we possess the qualities and characteristics to learn from one another and challenge our own selves to becoming active members of the classroom and our community.  This is a safe place, not only in the physical aspect, but emotionally and educationally.  We all learn differently - both in method and pace.  Respect and compassion is sought after in my classroom and should be demonstrated on a daily basis.  I open myself up to making sure all students (and parents) feel appreciated, heard, understood and valued.  I will give you my all, and expect your best efforts.
If there are any concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I am always willing to meet, discuss, and assist with any situation.  I absolutely have your child's best interest at heart.