Melissa was a founding member of the School for Human Rights in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a Master’s of Science in Teaching from Pace University as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program and is a candidate for an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, concentrating in documentary production.
An alumna of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teachers Program, Melissa has presented at the U.S. Human Rights Network annual conference on the topic of media and human rights education and has been published in Amnesty International’s education newsletter. She will oversee the News Literacy Project’s pilots at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn and the Facing History School in Manhattan and work with the project’s after-school partner, Citizen Schools. “I am delighted to be a part of this innovative team that will help usher in a new generation of citizens wholly prepared to participate in the shaping of their world,” Melissa said.