Melissa Kelly



Melissa Kelly is a former writer for ThoughtCo. She is an accomplished author, instructional designer, consultant, and classroom teacher. Melissa taught middle and high school Social Studies, Government, and Economics for more than eight years.  Two of those teaching years were through in the Florida Virtual School. She instructed in advance placement and honors classrooms. Her other experience includes working in a co-teaching environment.

Her experience also includes more than 13 years of instructional design. During this time she created many online courses, including the World History course for the Florida Virtual School. 

As a published author, Melissa wrote two editions of the Everything New Teachers Book (Everything, 2010).  She also co-wrote two additional books.


Melissa Kelly holds a Bachelor Arts (B.A.) in History and a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Florida.


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