Mrs. Riley's First Grade

Phone: 864-443-2292


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Lower Elementary Montessori Certification Lander University

Mrs. Riley's First Grade

My name is Melissa Riley and I am your child's first grade teacher. This is my twelfth year teaching. It’s my first year teaching first grade.

I am originally from McCormick, SC but now live in Tignall, GA on my husband’s family farm. I went to Lander University and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I also have my certification in Lower Elementary Montessori through Lander University. In addition to that I have also taken many graduate courses through the University of South Carolina in Literacy. I am hoping to continue my education through graduate work with the University of South Carolina Columbia.

As a graduate of McCormick High School (C/O 2002) I was inspired by the motto, “Good, better best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and better your better is best.” Go Chiefs!  I am so happy to be working in the community that I love. Thank you all for allowing me to be your child’s teacher.

I look forward to working to further your child’s education. Please let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. I am very excited about meeting you all and working together to make your child’s first grade year the best that it can be. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at