Teacher/Researcher - Lower School
As an educational researcher, leader, and lead learner, Melanie happily joined the Voyagers’ Community School family after ten years of being an Elementary School Principal in the Oceanport School District. Prior to being a Principal, Melanie was an Assistant Principal and Music Supervisor for the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools. She started her educational career as an Elementary Teacher at Midtown Community School in her hometown of Bayonne, N.J. Melanie has had the humbling experience of accepting the National Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education on behalf of her previous school’s students and staff and collaborating with educators across the country. Melanie graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/English and Rutgers Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education degree in Education Administration. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Education Administration degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Education with her research on social-emotional learning. She is an advocate of progressive education for the individual, whole child, social-emotional learning, inclusion, mindfulness, brain-based learning, arts & music in school, school safety, and empowering learners to be prepared for the future. Melanie enjoys her personal time with her husband and stepson, and together they are huge sports fans! She is a proud member of the Oceanport Lions Club, Oceanport Hook & Ladder Ladies’ Auxiliary Club, and a recreation tennis instructor. She can be spotted running on the boardwalk, attending Yankees games, and reading or having a catch on the beach! Melanie is excited to bring her experience in education, music, sports, and life to the Voyagers’ Community School, where everyone is encouraged to be the best version of themselves every day and students truly come first.
In addition to the brain, we have a heart - and we want to put it to use in promoting young people's learning. Exclude this vital organ from our work, and you get compliance at best.
Rolad S. Barth
Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything.