I was born on Long Island, NY and came to Boston for college. The Boston area made so much sense as an aspiring historian. Scattered with colonial remnants, turn of the century architecture, and great minds, I found my new home. My historical focus has been World History since 1945, Women’s studies, Genocide and War Crimes, and Asia in the World. These interests found a welcome home at Beaver where I have been encouraged to engage students in active learning that challenges common narratives and misconceptions. Teaching at Beaver has allowed me to delve deeply into history with a student body that truly engages in active citizenship. I have been teaching at Beaver since 2009 and have taught ninth through twelfth grade. This has allowed me to explore multiple perspectives with my classes and to encourage students to challenge the interpretation of various events in human history.

Outside of school, I am an active yoga and pilates participant. As such, I am happy to offer pilates and abdominal core workouts as an afternoon activity. I also enjoy traveling each March break and summer vacation to locations that will inspire and challenge my curriculum. Through these travels, I become more aware of the global systems in which we operate, and this has helped inform my practice in the classroom.Similarly, building connections abroad has opened up various Skype opportunities between my class and classrooms around the world including South Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Egypt. Lastly, I am an avid blogger and tech-surfer, and I am happy to work as the Technology Integrationist Specialist at Beaver.

Name: Melissa Alkire
Title: Upper School Global History and Social Studies
Education: Boston College - M.A. Boston College - B.A.
Contact: malkire@bcdschool.org