Melissa graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts with a concentration in English from Mount Olive College. After various jobs in the business world, she decided that education was in fact her true calling. She attended Meredith College where she earned her teaching certification. She has worked as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher for the past ten years, specifically focusing on the humanities in middle school. During her time as a classroom teacher, she became acutely aware of the immense range of abilities among students’ written expression. As a result, she began to focus on the improvement of each student’s writing ability and developed new ways to approach writing in an effort to reach all students. She is very excited to be a part of the Middle School Writing Project team at UNC. When not at work, Melissa relishes the time spent with her two teenage daughters, enjoys as much time as possible at the beach with her husband, and constantly looks for the next great book to read.