Melissa Gagne is Pre-K-12 educator who has been working in schools around the country for over 20 years as a teacher, Department Chair, Assistant Principal, Principal and now as a consultant. Melissa specializes in leadership and program development and has developed Data Team Protocol, Special Education Parent Education Programs, After-School Programming for Students with Disabilities, Literacy and Arts Programming and Academic Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Revision. Melissa works with the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence to help bring Social and Emotional learning into school communities and corporations with the RULER program. Melissa is a certified Yale RULER trainer and coaches school and district leaders around the country to maximize program effectiveness.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music and Theatre from the Boston Conservatory of Music, a Master of Arts and Teaching Degree from Connecticut College and a Sixth Year Degree in Education Leadership from Sacred Heart University. Melissa also completed the School-Turnaround Seminar at Harvard University. In the fall of 2015, Melissa will begin law school at the Quinnipiac University School of Law where she will specialize in disability law.
Melissa is married and has three children; her youngest son, Ryan, is on the severe end of the Autism Spectrum. She has spent the past 18 years advocating for his needs and is a board member of the High Falls Center in New York which will create meaningful opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, including residential programming.