Melissa grew up living in California, Kansas, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, and Texas before moving to Portland. She has worked in a variety of environments, both in an employment and volunteer capacity. As a homeschooling mother, many of these environments involved working with children. Upon returning to school in 2011, her focus was a degree in Art Therapy. During the 2013-2014 school year, she and her son moved back to Arizona, where she began working in a classroom with children with ASD. She quickly recognized her "calling" and changed her degree to Special Education. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2016.
Melissa has worked at Victory since July of 2014. She does not consider her position "work"; rather, it is the place she comes to each day to connect with incredible individuals. She believes in a Caring-Centered approach to teaching, and feels that she learns just as much, if not more, from her students as they do from her.
Melissa is a Registered Behavior Technician in the Willow Classroom.