Melinda Hammond teaches a broad range of classes from AP Art History to Literature. Teaching isn’t the only characteristic that defines this exceptional teacher, but her broad range of interests and her bubbly personality.
Hammond grew up in American Fork, Utah, as a “Utah Valley Girl,” she says, coming from a long line of educators. She loves to travel to European countries; her favorites are Italy and France. But, Hammond can’t spend all her time traveling. Out of school, she also reads and listens to music, even going to concerts of popular bands such as Matchbox 20.
After leaving her childhood town, she started college at Dixie State, later graduating from Brigham Young University with a composite degree in Humanities. Hammond also spent time modeling when she was younger. She soon married and had three children. Eventually, she started teaching at Spanish Fork Intermediate, also known as Spanish Fork Junior High.
When she was asked to teach at the new high school, Maple Mountain High, Hammond accepted the offer. “I was excited to be a Golden Eagle,” she says. Hammond also expected more problems to be involved in the opening of a new school, “I was worried about everyone coming together,” she expresses. Hammond soon found the job was easier than she thought.
This is Hammond’s 23rd year of teaching, but her first at a new high school. Before Maple Mountain, Hammond taught at Springville High. Hammond also serves as Maple Mountain’s English Department Chair. Hammond expresses her love for teaching and for her students. Welcome to our school, Mrs. Hammond!