• Name: Melanie Huynh-Duc
  • Background: This year marks my 13th teaching at Northwest High School. As a NC Teaching Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, I earned my B.A. in English with Honors in 2004 and then received my MAEd in Secondary English Education at Wake Forest University in 2005. In 2009, I married a wonderful man, Trung Huynh-Duc (he goes by "T"). On September 2, 2011, we welcomed our son Timothy into our family, and on December 30, 2015, our second son Patrick was born!
  • Publications:

    - Click here to read my Honors Thesis on T.S. Eliot, published through UNC-CH (2004).
    - "The Effect of Oral Feedback" (2005) was published as part of a book entitled The Act of Teaching English. Click here to learn more about this book.
    - "Three Approaches to Teaching Poetry" (2017) was published in the Spring issue of Notes on American Letters. Click here to read this journal.

  • Awards/Certifications:
    AP English Literature Certified
    : Northwest High School's "Rookie Teacher of the Year"
    National Board Certification
    : SIPA's Shoquist Freedom of the Press Award
    2010: SIPA's Shoquist Freedom of the Press Award
    2010: Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award
    2011: Journalism Education Association's Rising Star Award
    2011: Pacemaker Finalist for Northwest Horizons
    Tar Heel Award for Northwest Horizons
    Tar Heel Award for Northwest Horizons
    Northwest High School's "Teacher of the Year"
    2015: AP English Language Certified
    2015: Certified Journalism Educator (CJE)
    2016: GCS School Board recognition for journalism accomplishments

My favorite books that I don't teach...


The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedmon
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,
by Rebecca Skloot
All the Light We Cannot See,
by Anthony Doerr
Anna Karenina
, by Leo Tolstoy
, by Geraldine Brooks
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
The Archivist, by Martha Cooley
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Complete Poems and Plays: 1909-1950, by T.S. Eliot
A Visitation of Spirits, by Randall Kenan
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad, by Virginia Holman

Click HERE to learn about my awesome travels during the summer!