Hi! My name is Melanie Friend.  This is my 13th year to teach in the Petal School District and my 8th year to teach second grade. I love teaching and second grade is my absolute favorite!  I am a graduate of Seminary High School and I earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from William Carey University.   My family and I have called Petal our home for nine years.  I have two boys, Ethan and Eli, and a fur baby named Summer.  When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, running,  and being outdoors.