Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts Teaching Science -- University of Texas at Dallas Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education- Biology -- Howard Payne University

Mrs. Melissa Van Houten

I have 2 passions -- teaching and science.  I feel fortunate to share those passions with middle schoolers. Both my parents were teachers and 2 of our 3 daughters are too! My master's degree is from UTD in Teaching Science.  I've spent the past 23 of my 32 years in education here in Plano ISD; 15 years at Frankford Middle School and the past 7 at Rice MS. My husband and I have 3 grown daughters that were all Plano West High School graduates. We love the time we get to spend with our 3 granddaughters and 3 grandsons all in their preschool years.



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