Melissa Calkins

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

This is my 12th year of teaching and my 8th year at Niwot! I will be teaching kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. For the past 3 years, I have worked as the ESL teacher in addition to teaching 1st grade. I grew up in Urbana, Illinois and moved to Colorado in 2002. I got my Colorado Teaching License in 2006.


When I am not teaching, I love spending time in the Colorado outdoors. I like to run, bike, hike and swim. I also like to read, spend time with my family and travel. My husband Will and I have 2 beautiful boys, Connor and Liam, who also attend Niwot. Will and I have traveled to and lived in a variety of foreign countries. I speak Spanish fluently, and Portuguese and Italian at a basic conversational level.

I absolutely love teaching at Niwot! It is a wonderful school with an amazing staff and students. Teaching is my passion and I feel so fortunate that I get to be a part of this community and do what I love every day!