Melinda is an educator of 20 years with a degree in music from Converse College and a master’s degree in education from the University of South Florida. Her years of teaching have provided many opportunities to learn and grow with her students in schools of excellence including Charlotte Latin School, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, and more recently, Good Shepherd Episcopal School of Dallas. For over a decade, Melinda taught fifth-grade English and American history. In recent years, she has returned to her roots in early childhood education, working with inspired educators to develop and implement a faith-based vision of learning through play. Melinda has had the love and support of her husband, Will, for 35 years and they have raised three children. Melinda and Will are currently rearing Tully, their feisty Brittany spaniel.