Milken Scholar 2007
Scholar Profile

Melinda Love

Secondary Education


Dr. Melinda Love is the Founding Math Teacher at Environmental Charter High School – Gardena for the 2021-2022 school year. Prior to working in this roll, Melinda was working as the Program Assistant for the Milken Educator Awards and the Milken Scholars Program. Melinda has she worked as a Math Educator for 10 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 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 through the Stanford in Washington Program. Melinda returned to Los Angeles 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


College Year Degree
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
2011 B.A. Urban Studies
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
2013 M.A. Urban Education
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
2019 Ed.D. Educational Leadership for Social Justice

News and Highlights

Melinda Love (MS '07)

Congratulations to Melinda Grant, MS ‘07, who was awarded a spring semster internship with the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She will depart in March. Safe Travels!

Melinda Love (MS '07)

Learning today, teaching tomorrow. Melinda Grant, MS ’07, began work toward a master’s degree in urban education at the UCLA School of Education this fall.