Ms. Psallidas was raised in North Reading, MA, where she went on to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At JMU, earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education. Melissa then taught in the Recovery School District of New Orleans, Louisiana. During her years in New Orleans, she taught English, social studies, literacy, creative writing, and special education. She is especially passionate about an arts-integrated curriculum and has worked with teaching artists in New Orleans at a Turnaround Arts School. Melissa loves to see Broadway performances and travel the world. Ms. Psallidas is now teaching 7th grade.