Melinda currently works as the Program Assistant for the Milken Educator Awards and the Milken Scholars Program. Prior to working in this roll, she worked as a Math Educator for 8 years. She began her teaching career in 2012 at Audubon Middle School, then went on to teach at her alma mater, Lawndale High School. Melinda spent the last four year teaching at Da Vinci Design in El Segundo, California where she taught Integrated Math using project-based learning.
Melinda graduated from Stanford University with a degree in urban studies focusing on urban education, and a minor in African and African-American Studies. While at Stanford, she was involved in a variety of organizations, including the Stanford Gospel Choir, Catch a Fyah, the Caribbean Students Association and Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated. Before graduating in 2011, Melinda secured an internship with the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Melinda returned to school to get her master's degree in urban education and her Math credential with UCLA's Teacher Education Program in 2013. In 2019, Melinda completed her doctoral degree in Education Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University. Her dissertation is entitled, Creating Scholar Athletes: Investigating the Academic Support provided to High School Student Athletes in Southern California High Schools.
High school: Lawndale High School
Stanford UniversityPalo Alto, CA
|2011||B.A. Urban Studies|
University of California - Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA
|2013||M.A. Urban Education|
Loyola Marymount UniversityLos Angeles, CA
|2019||Ed.D. Educational Leadership for Social Justice|