Melissa started her teaching career in the South Bronx in 2004 but has spent the majority of her career in Oakland. She has taught English, History, ELD, and Reading Intervention in both charter and public secondary schools. She worked as an Instructional Coach at Roots International and most recently was the Secondary Literacy Specialist for Oakland Unified, where she coached teacher leaders and facilitated professional learning for teachers and leaders around the district. Melissa also completed Year 1 of Reach’s ILA program, receiving her preliminary administrative credential. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Teaching from Pace University. Melissa is thrilled to bring her passion for literacy and backwards planning to the intern program at Reach.