Melissa completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. In 2013, Melissa joined the teaching staff at the British International School of Chicago in Lincoln Park (BISCLP). During her time at BISCLP, Melissa worked in a variety of settings with students ages 2 to 10. Melissa contributed to curriculum development, implemented interventions both in general education, small-group, and individualized levels. In 2020, Melissa earned her dual Master of Education and Educational Specialist (MEd, EdS) degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is currently practicing as a school psychologist, supporting students from preschool to high school in Chicago Public Schools.