Teacher Education


Melissa Bengds
Instructor, Education

Contact Information                                                                                  
School of Education
Liberty University
1971 University Drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
• office TE 102
• phone (434)-582-2445
• fax (434)-582-2468
• email: mdbengds@liberty.edu



Masters of Education in Reading
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA August 2000

Bachelor of Science in Special Education (Mild Disabilities)
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC May 1996


Private Tutor 12/04-present
Administer full reading evaluations and provide written summaries for parent and teacher.Instruct students in weak areas of fluency, comprehension, and/or decoding.Use a combination of Word Study and the Spalding techniques.Work with 2nd and 4th.

Title I Teacher 8/02-6/03
Madison Heights Elementary School, Amherst County, VA
Provided below level reading assistance for 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. Worked in both inclusive and pull-out systems teaching Spalding for decoding and various comprehension strategies.Team-taught whole class 5th grade writing in preparation for SOL exam.

Special Education Teacher 9/96-6/02
Madison Heights Elementary School, Amherst County, VA
Worked with K-5th grades teaching reading, writing, and math to students with learning disabilities, developmental delays, and other health impairments (visual disabilities, hearing impaired, ADHD, and muscular dystrophy).Typically used direct instruction methods and hands-on learning and touch points for math. Evaluated students for eligibility and wrote individualized education programs.


Special Needs Children Assistant 9/04-present
Heritage Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
Assist children with special needs, volunteers, and parents in conjunction with worship and Sunday school.Provide 1-on-1 assistance once a month for autistic child in regular classroom. Schedule weekly help and provide teacher and volunteer training on disabilities.Maintain communication and updates between parents, teachers, and volunteers.