A mother of two girls and an award-winning educator, Melissa Taylor holds a Master’s Degree in Global Education, with expertise in early childhood and elementary education and a focus on literacy and play. She has taught all subjects for the elementary grades and preschool.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Taylor has taught English as a Second Language, taught Spanish-speaking children in inner-city Denver Public Schools and in the federal migrant program, and served as a literacy trainer in underperforming schools for the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC). She was a four-time consecutive winner of Outstanding Teacher in Douglas County.
Melissa writes about education, learning, children’s literature, technology, and advocacy for publications online and in print, including Parenting.com, USA Today Health, The Writer, Scholastic Parent and Child, WorkingMother.com, Babble.com, Colorado Parent Magazine, Denver Magazine. In 2010, she won the coveted Colorado delegate spot for Parenting Magazine’s Education and Learning Mom Congress. In January 2012, Entrepreneur magazine featured Taylor as the “’Trep of the Month.”
Melissa created and writes the highly popular and award-winning learning blog Imagination Soup. Imagination Soup is a PBS Kids VIP Blog and was selected as the Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine Best Reading & Book Blog for 2010, as well as for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Teacher Mom Blogs and Top 25 Tech Moms.
Melissa served as a panelist for the Cybils 2011 Book Apps and the 2010 Early Readers & Early Chapter Books. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Education Writers Association and the Denver Woman’s Press Club.