Missy Haney knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She received her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and French from the University of Richmond and a master's degree in the teaching of reading from the University of Virginia (UVA). In 1995, the UVA's Curry School of Education Foundation named Missy the Outstanding Secondary School Teacher of the year. Missy has taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in Fairfax County for many years, beginning with a 20-year stay at J.E.B. Stuart High School. During the summers Missy has taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Arlington County and ESL and French at the Potomac School summer programs. Missy has supervised a number of student teachers and mentored new teachers and is currently the lead mentor at Bryant. This position, through the Great Beginnings mentor program in Fairfax, supports new teachers and mentors and plays an important role in keeping high quality educators in the teaching profession.