Raised in Arizona, Melissa has lived in the Portland area for almost 13 years. After returning to school in 2010, Melissa graduated with a teaching degree in Special Education. She has had the privilege of working with students with Autism for over five years, spending four of those five years here at Victory. Melissa considers Victory her "School Family". She does not consider her position "work"; rather, it is the place she comes to each day to connect with incredible individuals. Melissa believes in a caring-centered approach to teaching, and she feels that she learns just as much from her students as they do from her.
Melissa is the lead teacher in the Juniper classroom.