I am Melissa Matyjasik Parsons. I joined Early College EAST in August 2021. After earning a Bachelor of Science in English Education from East Carolina University in 1999, I chose to stay at ECU and earn my Master of Arts degree in English as well. I immediately took a position as a full-time teaching instructor at ECU, where I stayed for 16 years. During that time, I managed to work as a part-time instructor at Pitt Community College for 10 years. I also got married and had 3 beautiful boys who are each amazing.
I absolutely love it here at ECE and want all our students to succeed in whatever aspirations they have. I am totally a mom-ish kind of teacher. I currently advise the yearbook staff and the prom committee. In class, I try to pick a variety of texts to read to interest students and help them think critically. My favorite authors are Neil Gaiman (always) and Adam Nevill (for right now). I focus on formal writing for both academic and professional audiences, so students can adapt to whatever they need in the future. I also love research. It is amazing how much information there is in the world and I only know a tiny grain. I will never finish learning. Although many students claim to hate reading and want to focus on "stuff they like," I hope my enthusiasm for all kinds of knowledge can rub off and I can show them that, as long as they can read, they can learn.
All class information, including schedules and assignments, is on the Class Canvas pages.
English II - World Literature
English III - American Literature