Degrees and Certifications:
A.A.S Veterinary Technology SUNY Canton B.S Animal Science Cornell University M.S.T Science Education SUNY Potsdam Professional Teacher Certification Biology
Mrs. Melissa Fregoe-Cronk
I went to SUNY Canton and got an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology (animal nurse), then transferred to Cornell University for Animal Science focusing in dairy science. I worked at the Veterinary Hospital as a technician in the Small Animal ICU until I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Animal Science. I was also a member of Dairy Fellows, which is a group of students that travels around to NYS farms, and tours then analyzes the farm's productivity. I also took a few education courses and student taught while at Cornell.
I managed a 1,000 cow dairy farm upon graduating from Cornell. I loved being a herdsperson, and worked on the dairy farm from February 2004 until Aug 2006. Then I worked part time through the 2006-2007 school year. I got my masters in teaching while working on the dairy farm. I began my teaching career at Chateaugay Central School.
I began teaching at Watertown High School in 2007. I taught General Biology, and Living Environment. I proposed the course Animal Science for the 2008 school year, and it has become a more and more popular course each year. This year I have 4 sections of Animal Science! I love teaching Animal Science because it is where much of my experience lies and it allows me to bring animals in and create a meaningful experience for my students. I have recently discovered a love for poultry and plan to raise chickens in my classroom each spring!
On the personal side, I married Anthony Cronk (a South Jefferson Middle School teacher) on July 25, 2009. We have 3 children Daphne who is 7, and Maddox (Maddog) who is 5 and Delilah who is 18 months. I preserve as much of my own food as I can, and buy all meat locally. We have one cat named Chance. I have also raised and dressed my own chickens for consumption. I also am an avid gardener. My husband and I started building an Earthship in July 2010 we completed construction in October 2015 and moved in shortly after. An earthship is a self sustaining home, with features such as passive solar heating, a grey water recycling system to all water is used 2 to 3 times, it also lends itself to solar electricity which we are striving toward. The home was built with 75% recycled and reclaimed materials including over 1,300 used automobile tires and over 10,000 glass bottles.
My advice to all of my students, travel the world, make experiences for yourself, and enjoy life! Those are the keys to success!