Melisa began teaching in 2002. She taught grades 1 to 3 in the Springfield, VA and Chelsea, MA before becoming a literacy coach in 2009 in Chelsea where she had the opportunity to develop literacy curriculum, coach teachers, and participate in literacy leadership teams. In addition to her public school experience, Melisa worked at the Boston University Donald Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic on during summers and Saturdays during the school year. She also supervised student teachers from Boston University. In addition to her work with Keys to Literacy, Melisa participates in additional literacy consulting and coaching projects, including the MA Early Literacy Grant project. She received her B.A. from Providence College in Elementary and Special Education, and her Masters in Reading Education from Boston University. She is pursuing her CAGS in Developmental Studies with a concentration in Literacy & Language Education from Boston University.