Melissa Salvati

7th & 8th grade Social Studies Email: 

Educational Background: St. Andrew’s Country Day School, Holy Angels Academy, SUNY Fredonia and Buffalo State College.

I have been a teacher here at Catholic Academy for the last sixteen years. For the first five years, I was a 7th or 8th grade homeroom teacher teaching Reading, Religion and Social Studies. The last eleven years, I have taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies on a part-time basis.

Teaching Social Studies, allows students to experience what life was like during different eras. 7th graders reexamine life during the Colonial times and experience what it was like to fight for their rights and independence. Students also explore the persistence of our Founding Fathers to create a lasting and impressionable Union. 8th graders begin the year with the Reconstruction Era, following the Civil War. Students will walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and experience life during the 19th and 20th centuries. They will walk side-by-side with American war heroes, pop culture icons, and American Presidents who have shaped our society as we see it today! We bring history alive and experience it through the eyes of others before us.

As a product of Catholic education myself, I understand the importance of linking education and religion. Attending Catholic Schools has helped shape me into the person that I am today; a strong, independent, faithful, compassionate and understanding person. Teaching at Catholic Academy has been a wonderful experience. The atmosphere here is one of a large family. Teachers and students can rely on each another for support, understanding, compassion and a love of learning. The diversity of Catholic Academy adds to the excitement in the classroom and allows students to be individuals, but also part of this family. Catholic Academy has shown that education, religion and learning can be infused together to create a fun and enjoyable experience.