Phone: School: 512-278-4360 Cell: 512-765-6597


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Virginia Tech University (2001) M.Ed Virginia State University (2005) CEEL Harvard University (2020) Currently enrolled at: Arkansas State University

Mrs. Melanie Griffin-Hamlin

I am so blessed that this is my seventeenth year in public school education for the 2021-2022 school year. This is my ninth year in Manor ISD. I am a proud Spartan, in my fifth year at Lagos Elementary as the Academic Interventionist, specializing in Literacy. I spent four years teaching 3rd grade at Manor Elementary School, where I served as the grade level chairperson, a member of the campus leadership team and the co-advisor for the Student Council. I am the advisor for our nationally and state recognized Lagos Elementary Student Council. This year I am focusing on our awesome Spartan Garden Club, for the fourth year and helping with our Peace Coalition. I am also hosting MakerSpace Club, through one of the two grants that I received from Manor SchoolHouse Foundation for the 2018-2019 and for 2019-2020 school year. I am hoping to implement Club Fridays, where students can join meaningful opportunities to serve their interests with students all across our campus. I am also in charge of co-facilitating our Response-to-Intervention (RtI) team for grade Kindergarten through fifth.

I am originally from Virginia where I taught at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School (now Pleasants Lane Elementary) from 2005-2012. My husband's job at Samsung moved our family to the Austin area in 2012. We are the proud parents of two children. I hold a Bachelors (Virginia Tech University, 2001), Masters degree (Virginia State University, 2005) and a Specialist in Education degree (Arkansas State University, 2021). For the Spring of 2020, I completed the requirements for the first cohort of the Certificate in Early Education Leadership through Harvard University. I am also fully endorsed in both Gifted and Talented Education and English as a Second Language. I hold active teaching certificates for Early Childhood through sixth grade in both Virginia and Texas.

I have received many awards and recognition during my teaching career. Some of them include:
2021 Lagos Elementary Humanitarian of the Year
2020 Lagos Elementary Humanitarian of the Year
2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education State Semifinalist
2019 Lagos Elementary Humanitarian of the Year
2018 Lagos Elementary Humanitarian of the Year
2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education State Semifinalist
2016 Austin, Texas Best Teacher Award (KKMJ)
2015 Steve Harvey’s Nation’s Best Teacher Winner
2015 Texas Region XIII Teacher of the Year Semifinalist
2014 Manor ISD District Teacher of the Year
2014 Manor Elementary School Teacher of the Year
2009 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Petersburg Alumnae Chapter) Star Educator Award
2009 J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School (Virginia) Teacher of the Year

I am an active member of my church, Agape Christian Ministries, where I serve in the Children's Ministry. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a charter member of Tri-Cities, VA chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. I love to travel, cook and write.