A veteran to the industry, Melanie Deede has been teaching for 19 years. When she was in the sixth grade, she was asked to do a project about her future career. It was then she decided Jesus was calling her to teach. She completed two years at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she ran cross country and track and obtained an Associate’s degree in Art. She completed her B.S. at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho where she graduated with a teaching degree with a Special Education minor.
“I love watching the light bulb turn on for kids. It is fun to watch those moments when things start clicking and students get it,” says Melanie. “I love teaching this age group because they have a passion for reading and writing. They are so imaginative in their writing activities.”
Teaching in a Christian environment has been rewarding for Melanie. When it comes to her students, her goal is for them to know how much God loves and accepts them just the way they are. In her classroom, she models the same love and acceptance with her students that Christ demonstrated on the cross for all mankind. She loves when students go home excited about the Bible stories they’ve been learning in class and considers it a huge success when children can spread God’s word and His love with their families.
“I had a student tell me once that her dad doesn’t believe in God, but she thinks he does because he wouldn’t let her go to a place that teaches about God unless he believes there is a God,” says Melanie. “It brought tears to my eyes.”
Melanie has lived in Idaho her entire life. She was raised in Grangeville and moved to Idaho Falls to teach. She had the privilege of teaching three of her four children right here at Hope Lutheran.
“As I look back on my life and the path it has taken, I see God’s amazing plan unfolding and working. I perused special education as my minor in college. I would later see how God led me to do this to help me through my educational journey with my autistic son as well as many students I have taught over the years,” says Melanie. “It has given me the background knowledge to help many. When I moved to Idaho Falls, God led me to Hope Lutheran Church where I was sitting in the pew when they announced a teaching position was open. The following week, I had an interview and a job. It is so amazing if we sit back and truly trust God, how he works in and through us to touch so many lives.”