Melanie Gribble has been appointed instructor of education at Davis & Elkins College. Beginning with the fall 2022 semester, she is teaching courses in the College’s recently added special education major including Behavior Management, Autism Teaching Strategies, Foundations of Professionalism in Education and The Special Education Process.
The Bachelor of Arts special education multi-categorical program focuses on studies in behavioral disorder, mild impairment and specific learning disability. Students may elect to include additional course work in autism.
“We’re very happy to welcome Ms. Melanie Gribble to the D&E faculty,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rob Phillips. “Her knowledge and experience in special education, as well as her commitment to the local community, will enable her to prepare our students for their vocation as classroom teachers.”
Before joining the faculty at D&E, Gribble served as a special education teacher in the Barbour County Schools system. There she modified general education curriculum for special needs students and created learning and content strategies to meet needs of mentally and physically disabled students. In addition, she taught students across multiple classifications and degrees of special needs and provided life skills programming for students with moderate to severe autism. In 2019, she was named Teacher of the Year at Belington Middle School.
“I am excited to join the Davis & Elkins community and am looking forward to helping future educators feel prepared and confident to enter their future classrooms,” Gribble said.
Gribble holds a Master of Education in special education and a Bachelor of Arts in political science, both from Fairmont State University. She also is a licensed teacher in multicategorical and autism, both K through adult.
In addition to special education, the Davis & Elkins College Teacher Education Program offers options in elementary education and content area specializations for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may also elect to minor in early childhood education or instructional technology.