Ms. Melissa Rose Authement is a fifth grade multi-age teacher at Polaris Charter Academy, joining the staff as a founding teacher in 2007. She came to Polaris with seven years of education experience. She taught second grade at Tom Bradley Environmental Science and Humanities Charter School in Los Angeles and second, third, and fourth grades at Thomas Chalmers Specialty School on Chicago’s West Side. Ms. Authement has been awarded grants from DonorsChoose.Org (2006–2007 and 2007–2008), Aquademics(2004), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (2007), and a Rochelle Lee Teacher Award(2008) given by Boundless Readers (formerly Rochelle Lee Fund). Ms. Authement completed her Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Illinois, earned her teaching credentials for elementary education through an alternative certification program in California, and she received her Master of Arts in Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language from Northeastern Illinois University. Ms. Authement loves being a mom. In addition to her strong passion to inspire learning, her interests include cooking and baking, camping and hiking, reading, yoga, language, and chocolate.