Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia (Go Eagles!), Melissa attended Temple University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Upon completion of her first two years of teaching in Phoenixville, PA, she relocated to sunny San Diego and has made the city (and KIPP: Adelante) her home ever since. Melissa has worked as an Education Specialist over the course of the past eight years, and is very excited to further her growth as an Assistant Principal this coming school year. Melissa loves the beach, travelling, and spending time with her family whenever she can. Her journey with the students, families, and colleagues of Adelante has strengthened her passion to continue fighting to ensure that a zip code should not, and will not, define any of our students’ destinies.