Melissa Merriam taught as a substitute for kindergarten through 8th grade while earning her master’s degree in education at Hunter College (something she accomplished in just 18 months!) before becoming a full-time teacher in 1998. For three years she taught 4 and 5 year-olds at Plymouth Church School before joining PS8 in 2005. Melissa She is a fan of PS8’s regular “publishing parties” that she and the other teachers host throughout the year. These special events, to which parents are invited, give children the opportunity to share their work and stories — an important part of learning.