Our Language Arts Teacher – Mrs. Melissa Puritis-Pulley
Mrs. Puritis-Pulley has always loved reading, but it wasn’t until the end of her first year in graduate school that she considered becoming a teacher. In 2007, she began sharing her love of reading and writing with juniors and seniors at Coastal Christian High School, teaching mainly honors and Advanced Placement level courses. She was also very involved in Homecoming activities, planning the annual Junior/Senior prom, and coaching Powder Puff football. After seven years at the high school level, though, Mrs. Puritis-Pulley was ready for a new challenge and came to WAAS to teach middle school language arts.
Outside of teaching, Mrs. Puritis-Pulley spends much of her time with her family. She and her husband were married in September of 2010, and they had their son, Avery, in 2013. A family of sports enthusiasts, much of their time is spent watching football and UNC basketball. Someday, Mrs. Puritis hopes to have grand adventures across the globe with her son, but for now, she enjoys chasing Avery around the beach and the park, and taking their family dog, Justice, on long walks.
In her “spare” time, her favorite hobbies are reading and writing, watching HGTV and pinning home improvement ideas on Pinterest, and sometimes, actually seeing those ideas through to fruition.
- Master of Arts in English, UNCW
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, UNCW
- Professional Writing Certificate, UNCW
- 2014- Present: Language Arts Teacher, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 2007-2014: English Teacher and AP Coordinator, Coastal Christian High School
- 2009-2012: English Instructor, Cape Fear Community College
Congratulations to our four students ( Varun Varajaradan- 7th grade, Mason Evans - 7th grade , Charlie Flynt- 7th grade and Sebastian Gebauer -8th grade who competed and excelled at the state level of High School Math Contest at Fayetteville State University on May...