Melissa Smith teaches AP Literature, 11th grade American Literature, and Creative Writing at Lake Norman Charter High School in Huntersville, NC. She is 2017 District Teacher of the Year, National Board Certified, an AP Reader, and an Executive Board member of NCETA. She has presented at NCTE, WVELA, NCTIES and the AP Annual Conference, is a contributing author for aplithelp.com and the NCTE Verse project, and is creator of the #TeachLivingPoets hashtag. In honor of National Poetry Month, she is the host of the April 2019 #NCTEchat, and is the Keynote speaker at NCETA’s spring symposium. She is manager and editor of teachlivingpoets.com, and is co-authoring a book on teaching poetry. You can follow her on social media @MelAlterSmith.