Faculty & Staff Profile
Master's Degree, Early Childhood Education, CCNY (The City College of New York)
Melanie joined the Rowland Hall faculty in 2013. She graduated with a degree in elementary education from Utah State University and taught in the Salt Lake City area. She jumped at the opportunity to take a sabbatical and pursue a graduate degree from The City College of New York, working alongside Professor Cathy Fosnot, founder of Mathematics in the City (MitC), a national center of research, curriculum development, and professional development for K-8 mathematics educators. It was an experience that led her on a path of passion and love for growth and a desire to continually outgrow herself. With a love of travel and exploring new places and meeting new people, Melanie took a teaching position at an international school in Switzerland, ISZL (The International School of Zug and Luzern), where she was able to engage in rich, thoughtful conversations with teachers and families from around the world.
Melanie loves the outdoors and has been collaborating with colleagues and other experts on the topic of children in nature, which led to creating a weekly outdoor classroom experience for her students. She loves to set goals and has run multiple marathons and triathlons, and has completed three Ironman competitions, including one in Kona, HI. She loves reading, and some of her favorite adventures have been within the pages of books. Melanie loves spending her days at Rowland Hall, where she finds joy in supporting and fostering curiosity, wonder, questions, and thinking of young learners.
Melanie was a recipient of the 2017 Sumner Family Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award and the 2023 Cary Jones Faculty Mentor Award.