Melissa Cross

Director of Education

Melissa is responsible for coordinating best practice educational materials for programs to help them achieve accreditation, and to our volunteer site visitors to facilitate inter-rater reliability.

Prior to joining CAHME, Melissa was a teacher for nearly 10 years. As a teacher, Melissa immersed herself in addressing the unique individual needs of each of her students on a daily basis and actively communicated with the families of her students to make sure each child was receiving the comprehensive, team-effort attention he or she needed to develop and advance. During her educational career, Melissa assisted in curriculum development, held professional development workshops to aid in improving teaching strategies and instruction, as well as tutored at-risk students. Melissa also served on a number of different committees that helped foster home and school relationships along with increasing student engagement through the use of technology.

Melissa has created and distributed digital educational curriculum and support materials through the online resource Teachers Pay Teachers. The goal of this organization is the sharing of best practices among the teaching community.

Melissa received both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Masters in Teaching from James Madison University.