Melissa is the Director of Student Services for Years 7-9 and works with students to fulfill our vision of monitoring and progressing each student’s academic, social and emotional development. Melissa joined the College as a Science teacher in 2014 and has worked for the Department of Education for over 10 years in varying teaching and student wellbeing roles. Melissa works to encourage students to develop positive socio-emotional skills as this is an important aspect of creating a safe learning environment, with many students thriving in an environment that makes them accountable and responsible for their actions and where respect for themselves and each other is paramount.
Melissa holds a BSc in Botany and Zoology and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and prior to teaching she worked for the government as a rare flora specialist in the South West. Prior to working at the College Melissa worked as a teacher at Safety Bay Highschool.
With the addition of the Year 7 cohort to the College, the role of Director for Years 7-9 is vital for the wellbeing of our students. Transitioning into secondary education can be a confusing or stressful experience, but Melissa brings respect, care and compassion to her role, ensuring students smoothly progress into their highschool life. Melissa has always enjoyed the challenge of teaching, particularly creating positive learning experiences and supporting student academic and wellbeing needs. She fosters student engagement, helping students strive for excellence while also promoting unity and respect within the College and wider community.