Melissa began her teaching career at international schools in both Cairo, Egypt and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After teaching internationally for seven years, Melissa joined High Tech High as a 6th grade humanities teacher. In 2011, she became the founding director of High Tech Middle Chula Vista.
While teaching overseas, Melissa developed an interest in multicultural education and teaching English learners, in which she earned an M.Ed from George Mason University. She earned her second M.Ed as a founding member of High Tech High’s School Leadership graduate program. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the HTH GSE, teaching courses in progressive school leadership and fostering adult learning.