Melissa Cleland » Meet Mrs. Cleland

Meet Mrs. Cleland

Greetings! I’m Melissa Cleland. This is my 32nd year teaching middle school mathematics, and my second year at ABS. I’m excited to join this wonderful learning community.

I am a native Floridian, but left the state when I fell in love with Wake Forest University (and my future husband). I graduated in 1986 with a Bachelors of Science in mathematics and a Spanish minor, as well as my teaching certificate. I did a variety of jobs while my husband George attended law school at UNC-Chapel Hill before I found my passion teaching middle school. I earned my Master’s degree in Middle School Education with a concentration in mathematics from Appalachian State University in 2000. And all the while, I was working and raising our three children: George V, Christopher, and Jane.  3 little kids

Fam Five

What do I do for fun? I love spending time with my family and friends. I adore being outdoors, especially in the mountains or at the beach. Who doesn’t?!

mountains and flowerssunset water Okinawa

I make a concerted effort to start my day with sun salutations and get at least ten thousand steps daily. I enjoy reading, usually fiction, and keep an audio book going as well. I have always liked games and puzzles. During COVID we put up our card table and have kept a jigsaw puzzle going there ever since. We are currently solving #23.


In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, life went on... and we have had a lot to celebrate. Our family grew: George V married Alex on September 4, 2020, GV & Alexin Boston on the Seaport; Jane married Ross on February 26,Jane & Ross 2021, in Winston-Salem at SECCA (Grandpa George officiated);

and, Christopher got Salem, a Golden Retriever puppy, in May. Our cup runneth over in joy!