K-12 Special Education Consultant
University of St. Thomas
B.S. Retail Merchandising,
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Special Education: Academic Behavioral Strategist, K-12
Special Education: Learning Disabilities, K-12
Elementary Education, K-6
Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Certified Instructor/Trainer
Summary of Professional Experiences:
Melissa has worked as a professional in the field of education for over 13 years. Melissa has experience working in several roles within school-aged special education programs, from paraprofessional to coordinator of special education programs.
Melissa joined TCEC in 2017 as a Special Education Consultant supporting charter schools with K-12 special education services.
Worked as a Special Education Coordinator collaborating with parents, teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators to meet the individual needs of each student and provide the needed support for students with disabilities.
Case managed and provided special education services to students in grades K-12.
Coached and trained paraeducators and teachers.
Organize and lead Child Study Team meetings, support teachers and families and help develop interventions for struggling students.
Conducted, wrote, analyzed and tracked special education evaluations, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) for students in grades K-12.
Various professional development opportunities focusing on trauma, equity, community, diversity and academic excellence.
Melissa loves to spend time with her family- husband, Ryan, and daughters, Rory and Bernadette. Melissa was born and raised in Minnesota. She loves Minnesota summers, especially swimming and boating at the lake.
How can Melissa help you?
Melissa can provide a wide range of teacher support services based on the individual needs of your school. She will discuss the needs of your team and create a plan based on the level of support that is unique to your school needs in the areas of due process, evaluation coordination, programming consultation, teacher coaching, problem solving student needs and providing certified CPI training to your staff.