The mother of three daughters – ages 8, 6 and 22 months – Melanie Pennell has her hands full. She’s also an online high school history teacher and in the process of earning her master’s degree in curriculum development.
As a teacher for ten years, Pennell has taught in both the traditional school setting and online and has had the opportunity to discover the multitude of learning styles. With a master's degree, Pennell hopes to get involved with the internal side of education, focusing on adolescent psychology and how children learn.
For the last five years, Pennell has been teaching online, which means 90 percent of the time, she's working from home. The flexibility affords her the opportunity to be home with her youngest daughter. But, managing life as a wife, a full-time mother and a full-time teacher is not easy. Pennell's schedule is admittedly crazy, especially with a toddler running around.
"This last year was the hardest year of my life," Pennell said. "I thought, 'this has got to get better'."
Pennell has high hopes for the Delicious Life Challenge and describes her involvement as being "in the right place at the right time."
When asked what she hopes to gain, she said help with nutrition, cooking for her family, including a picky eater and more balance in her life.
"I'm the type who says, 'that's okay; mommy will do this' and by the end of the day, I've had about two seconds to myself," Pennell said. "I need to have more time."
Pennell is also hoping for a different perspective and suggestions from experts on how to better manage her time and her priorities.
"I know from my personal experience that sometimes when you look at something through someone else's eyes, you see the opportunities that are open to you," Pennell said. "I know there are better routines, something I can do to better benefit my time."