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Melissa Smyly

English Teacher

Melissa Smyly has taught English at the Upper School in addition to serving as head girls' lacrosse coach since 2017. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Language Arts from Auburn University and an M.A. in Library Media Technology from the University of West Alabama. Smyly has 15 years of experience teaching literature, grammar, and writing to students in grades 7-12, most recently serving as language arts department coordinator at The Donoho School in Anniston, Ala. She also spent four summers as program director for Camp Mac in Munford, Ala.

AP English Language
English 3
Girls J.V. Lacrosse

Head Coach

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Head Coach

College Education
B.S. Auburn University
M.A. University of West Alabama

My Reflections on the NCTE Conference

Upper School | Melissa Smyly, February 4, 2019
I attended the NCTE conference in November, and it was amazing! I'm grateful for the Thatcher Professional Development Grant which made it possible!

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Outstanding students, faculty recognized at Honors Day, Commencement

May 18, 2018
Upper School students and faculty were recognized at Honors Day on May 18 in Morris Chapel and at Commencement on May 19.

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Teaching Difficult Topics in the Classroom

Academic Administration | Melissa Smyly, October 30, 2017
I have always felt that it is extremely important to teach students how to be comfortable having conversations about difficult topics, because dialogue not only answers questions, but also breaks down some of the walls that are built simply from ignorance on a topic.

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School welcomes new faculty and staff

August 7, 2017
Darlington is pleased to welcome the following new faculty and staff members for the 2017-18 school year. All will begin Aug. 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

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