Melanie Parrish Anderson has taught elementary students in Pocatello, Idaho for more than 25 years. Her unique talents and commitment to making a difference in the lives of her students brought her numerous nominations for Teacher of the Year. Her inspiring book, “Lessons Learned from the Starfish,” describes her experience with students from impoverished and abusive homes and how she put her heart and soul into teaching and loving them. It is available on Amazon.com. The miracles that saved Melanie’s life following that horrific day on the freeway are profound, and her story is a story of hope, the power of prayer, and the tender mercy of God. Melanie is the mother of two remarkable children, the step-mom of two fantastic sons, and the bonus mom of 5 amazing people and the grandma to 20 of the best grandchildren ever. She is married to Kevin, who always believed she would survive and never gave up – even when the professionals lost hope.