GRUNDY CENTER -- Kimberly Melloy and Derek Thomas were married Dec. 1, 2017, at Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort in the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa.

Kim, the daughter of Tim and Barb Melloy of Grundy Center, studied elementary education and graduated with her BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from the University of Missouri. She taught for six years in Iowa City before moving to Abu Dhabi in August 2016 to teach fifth grade at GEMS American Academy.

Derek, the son of Jey and Jemima Thomas of Louisville, Ky., earned both a BS and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville. Prior to moving to the UAE, Derek worked as a systems engineer for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.