Melissa Smith has been a passionate educational leader for over 19 years. Her teaching, coaching, and activism meet at the intersection of equitable SEL, visible and joyful learning, culturally responsive teaching, and anti-racist education. As CASTL’s Early Childhood Education Lead Coach, she provides high quality coaching and engaging professional learning that focuses on inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist learning environments for teachers, coaches, and leaders throughout Virginia. Prior to her work at UVA, Melissa served as a teacher, literacy coach, mentor, curriculum developer, and professional learning facilitator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Melissa’s approach to coaching and leadership development helps educators notice, name, and disrupt systemic barriers to equity and inclusion within themselves and their organizations.
Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus Significantly Impacts School Community