Melissa came to D-Lab in 2014 and provides administrative support for D-Lab academics and the Scale Ups program. In her previous life, Melissa was a high school social studies teacher and has many years of experience in K-12 education advocacy, community outreach, and engagement. Melissa has a passion for learning about diverse cultures and working with students to create a better understanding of how and why the world is what it is today. She is originally from New York state but has always been an avid Red Sox fan, likes to spend summers on the Cape and loves to make homemade pasta. Melissa holds an M.Ed from the University at Albany and hopes to become fluent in Spanish and Italian.