Hi, I’m Melissa


I’m a writer, educator, researcher and learning consultant. I care about learning for all children, all teachers and all systems who are trying to grow and support learning.

I focus on: slow noticing; perspective-taking based in not-knowing; intrinsically motivated curiosity; interdisciplinary learning; play as method; inquiry grown from student exploration and educator noticing/nudging; teacher learning grown from trust and autonomy; building of teacher-led leadership; descriptive conversation protocols; system change through noticing to leverage what’s already there.

I taught for 23 years in urban public schools, most recently in Pittsburgh Public Schools as a Kindergarten teacher. I continue to direct Children’s Innovation Project.

I have a Masters Degree in Curriculum Theory from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. I’m National Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist and a Teacher Consultant with Western PA Writing Project/National Writing Project.