Melissa is happy to join the community at AIAD, and is honored to hold the position of art teacher. After acquiring her BFA from the University of Mississippi and an MFA from Northern Illinois University, she entered her former career as a scenic artist in professional regional theater. She worked at various theater companies in Arizona, Wisconsin, Alabama and eventually landed in Colorado where she decided to stay. In her free time she loves making art, gardening, home-brewing, traveling, cooking and spending time with friends. She has two great kids, one in high school and one in elementary school. Melissa looks forward to getting to know the students in her art classes.