Melissa is currently the Vocal Music Director for Tipton R-6 Schools in Tipton, Missouri. She directs Tipton Chamber Choir, Mixed Choir, Junior High Choir, Elementary Show Choir, and teaches k-6 general music. Prior to her time at Tipton, Melissa has taught in Missouri for ten years, and in Illinois for thirteen years. In 2015, Melissa was the recipient of the Missouri Area Rural Educator’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. Melissa also enjoys directing theatrical productions and has directed over 22 musicals and plays.
Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Melissa is currently working to complete her Master of Music Education with an emphasis in Kodaly from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. She is a member of MMEA, NAfME, and ACDA. Melissa currently resides in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband Bill and daughters Mackenzie and Morgan, both of which are students at the University of Central Missouri.