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About Melissa

​After earning my Secondary Education degree from ASU, I started my teaching career in 2000. The birth of my two children and the life of an active-duty military wife led me to eight years as a stay-at-home mom and school volunteer. Through the encouragement of an elementary school principal, I joined the Peoria Unified School District in 2010 as a Library Paraprofessional. One year later I was back in the classroom sharing my passion for science and math at Centennial High School. I earned my Master of Natural Sciences degree and National Board Teaching Certification during my time in Peoria, thanks to the support of my Peoria colleagues. An opportunity to teach Physics First in a neighboring district led me to leave Peoria in 2020 but I maintained my love of my community and the amazing families I've met over the years. I'm running for Peoria School Board to share my wealth of public education and education policy knowledge with my community. I look forward to working alongside Peoria's students, educators, and families to keep our district the premier choice for families in the northwest valley.





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