Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from James Madison University, a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia, and an additional Master’s Degree in Independent School Leadership from Vanderbilt University. Notably, she applied for and was granted her current school’s only seat in Vanderbilt’s third ever cohort.
Melissa comes to us from Nashville, but in some ways, Melissa is returning to Texas: she is a decedent of the Old Three Hundred who received land grants as part of Stephen F. Austin’s first colonial contract in Mexican Texas. Her great-grandparents were the first people married in Texas (and by Stephen F. Austin himself). She and her husband, Karl, have two children. Her daughter, Frances, will be in Eighth Grade next year and her son, Philip, will enter Eleventh Grade. Her family enjoys visiting art museums and going camping together. They are looking forward to exploring all the museums in Houston and discovering our Texas wilderness!
A quote that inspires Melissa to continue her day to day impact to empower students (and teachers, for that matter!) to take charge of their learning:
“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery