Melissa Poore


Melissa Poore is an ESOL/HILT Assistant at KW Barrett Elementary School. She was raised in Westchester County, New York. She received her AA at Sullins College in Bristol, VA and fell in love with Virginia during those two years. She got her BA in art education at Stetson University in DeLand, FL in 1974.  She met her husband Samuel at Stetson and they were married in July 1974. She has taught art to children and adults in schools, retirement centers, and in private lessons. She and her husband moved to New York.  She worked at McCall’s Pattern Company in Manhattan as an illustrator. She then transferred to  “McCall’s Needlework and Craft Magazine”, where she worked as an illustrator, writer, and designer.

Her husband went to work for the USDA in 1978 and they moved to Virginia.  In 1981, they started down the amazing road of being parents to three daughters, Amanda, Elizabeth, and Christine.After years of playgroups, being a room parent, Girl Scout cookie manager, Arlington Forest Club Board Director (for over ten years), She worked as an art teacher at Blessed Sacrament in  Alexandria and as a pre-school assistant at Fairlington Presbyterian Church.

Melissa then embarked on her role as an APS substitute until she became a full time Kindergarten Assistant in 2000.  She later switched to be an ESOL/HILT Assistant. At Barrett, Melissa has found a home and a special role. Besides her classroom duties, she loves to help with special art projects, such as the creation of the Barrett Reading Train mural in the library.  She is always on hand to help Dr. Sullivan in the Discovery Lab. The space shuttle, the Hubble Telescope, Robonaut, and any NASA rocket or satellite that is needed in 2-D or 3-D Melissa can provide. Her special love is animals. The grant from the National Wildlife Refuge allowed her to paint and draw animals to her heart’s content. Her favorite assembly is the UN parade of nations. She is happy to help our wonderful Friday Moms prepare for that assembly and the Fifth grade promotion banner.  She has been painting the words chosen by the Fifth grade team for over ten years. Growing up near Broadway, Melissa loves the theater. Therefore, it was logical that she has helped with the sets of the Spring Musicals and the May Kindergarten performances.

Melissa has found a home at Barrett and is constantly enchanted with the students, parents, and teachers. It is an honor to share her talents and their gifts to her every day.