About Ms. Ausley

Melissa Russell-Ausley (known as “Ms. Ausley” or “Ms. A”) is in her fifth year as English faculty at Enloe, teaching juniors in American Literature (English 3) and sophomores World Literature (English 2). Prior to joining the staff here at Enloe, Ms. Ausley taught for nearly 10 years at West Johnston High School.  She lives in western Johnston County with her two teenaged children, Emma and Benjamin.

Ms. Ausley is a proud graduate of NC State University, where she earned her degree and certification in English and Secondary Education, and is working on her graduate degree at East Carolina University. She is also certified in Academically-Intellectually Gifted (AIG) education and Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition. Currently, she is a second-year graduate student in East Carolina’s Educational Leadership program, and will graduate in May 2020. Prior to teaching, Ms. Ausley was in corporate communications for 10 years in the Raleigh/RTP area.

In her free time, Ms. Ausley enjoys traveling, being a pool mom, being a band mom, baking, kayaking, traveling, and playing with family dogs (Daisy and Buck, both Labradors). She is an admitted word nerd, with a curiosity for etymology and languages. Ms. Ausley believes that a naps, sunshine, and salt water can cure most things.

Random things Ms. Ausley loves…

  • hugs and kisses from her children
  • the smell of oranges, lemons, lavender, and chamomile
  • all things NC State University and the Wolfpack
  • kayaking
  • kind words
  • the beach and the mountains
  • music on shuffle
  • Audible
  • laughter
  • order, neatness
  • her friends and family
  • coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper
  • traveling
  • naps on rainy days
  • bright colors
  • Shark Week on the Discovery Channel (ask about her bucket list)
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” is her favorite novel (in addition to Daisy Buchanan, she also has a cat named Scout); “Shawshank Redemption” is her favorite movie
  • good food (life is too short for bad food)
  • her collection of collegiate pennants
  • chocolate
  • letters, notes, and drawings from students
  • the Oxford comma

Random things Ms. Ausley doesn’t like…

  • weather fronts (her migraine trigger)
  • sunburns
  • cancer
  • mean people
  • foul language
  • black licorice