Melissa McCalister


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5th Grade

Born and raised in Texas, I lived there for 30 years before moving to Colorado 17 years ago. My teaching career spans 19 years with the last 14 at Carson, in which I have had the opportunity to enjoy the company of many wonderful fifth graders.

In my time as a teacher, I also developed a passion for educating through animal rescue and after volunteering with local shelters and metro area rescue organizations, my husband, Gregg, and I started Red Fern Animal Rescue. Our mission is to rescue dogs and cats from neglect/abandonment in south Texas and to relocate them to their “furever” homes in Colorado.

Gregg and I have a “few” canine children on the homefront (all rescues of course)!