Mrs. Melissa Gibson

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    Welcome Message
     
    Dear Students and Families,

    Like many others in the Oak Harbor Community, my family came to Whidbey Island courtesy of the United States Navy.  I became part of the Oak Harbor Public Schools in 2014, first as a parent, then as a substitute before joining the Oak Harbor High School faculty for the 2015-2016 school year as the Creative Writing and Drama teacher.  My teaching career began at age 13 when I was hired as a baton twirling instructor.  I have since taught Math, English, and Dance in Miami, Pensacola, and in my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.  I have also been a substitute teacher in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland.  And let’s not forget my time in Texas which I consider my writerly birthplace where a “midlife crisis” merged with my youngest child entering kindergarten and resulted in a not-quite-ready-for-publication novel writing marathon.  While I may be a teacher, I am also a student with the philosophy of “Never stop learning.”

    I have always enjoyed working with high school students, no matter the subject area, due to all the excitement, enthusiasm, and challenges that go along with this group.  In Drama, I challenge the students to push themselves outside of their comfort zones while simultaneously having fun through theatre games, improvisation, and a variety of monologues, partner and group scenes.  In Creative Writing, students are encouraged to express their ideas through journal prompts and various poetry styles.  I firmly believe in what Nora Roberts, bestselling author of over 200 novels, has to say about writing:  “The most important thing in writing is to have written.  I can always fix a bad page.  I can’t fix a blank one.”

    In addition to my regular class load, I am also the advisor for Drama Club which puts on a full play each February.  I’m proud of all the hard work the students did for the successful production of 2016’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” my first as co-director with Candice Baker.  I look forward to many more exciting drama productions in working with current and future students.

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Melissa “Micki” Gibson

    Courses
     
    Creative Writing
     
     
    Oral Communications
    Syllabus

    Drama I
    Drama II

Contact

  • Ms. Gibson
     
    Mrs. Melissa Gibson
    360.279.5752
     
    Office Hours
    Monday-Friday
    by appointment
    Tuesday & Wednesday
    After school
     
    Education
    Bachelor of Arts in English
    Mathematics minor,
    University of Miami

    Bachelor of Science in Dance Education,
    East Carolina University