I was born and raised by two wonderful parents, Sharon and Ronald Melvin. We lived in Philadelphia for a few years and then moved to Maple Shade when I was ready to begin school. I have been a “Shader” most of my life!
I graduated from Maple Shade High School in 2007 with co-valedictorian honors. Through my years in high school, I was an active participant in the drama and musical productions, marching band, concert band, concert choir, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and chamber choir. Singing, acting, and playing drums brought me many wonderful memories and experiences.
In the fall of 2007, I began my undergraduate studies at Montclair State University. During my four years on campus, I was highly involved with the Student Government Association, Inc., where I held the positions of Legislator, Justice, and Chief Justice. I spent my weekends attending SGA events, studying mathematics and education, and tutoring mathematics. I continued my love of drumming through the campus band and pep band. In my final semester, I had the privilege of student teaching 9th through 12th grade at Nutley High School. I graduated in the Spring of 2011 with Summa Cum Laude honors and my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with Teaching Certification for grades K through 12.
Upon graduating, I entered the workforce as a 9th-11th grade mathematics teacher at Pennsauken High School for a maternity leave position. After completing my short term position, I returned to my high school alma mater, Maple Shade High School, to fill in for another maternity position for 7th through 9th grade until the end of the school year. It was in the Fall of 2012 that I started at Ridgway Middle School, in Edgwater Park, NJ, teaching 8th grade math and science. I continued to work at Ridgway through June 2019.
During my time at Ridgway, I was active both in and out of the classroom. I was the Math Data Dashboard Facilitator, the co-director of the Drama Department, and an active member of our Positive Behavior Support in School (PBSIS) team. During the 2018-19 school year, I developed my own after school course entitled, “Own It Mathematics”, a series of courses emphasizing and giving strategies for students to own their learning through mathematical problems and concepts. I was selected as the Ridgway Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year – an honor that I will always cherish.
Dating back to my time in high school, I was an actor in the Maple Shade Community Alliance’s Summer Theatre program. Upon aging out of the program, I began volunteering as a Stage Manager and I eventually worked my way up the ladder to become the Director of the program in 2013. With the camp growing larger and funds/policies altering the program, I established a non-profit organization, the Maple Shade Arts Council, to keep the program running and to provide other theatrical and other artistic events and programs for children and adults in the community and surrounding areas. The organization continues to grow with membership and programs offered. As of May 1, 2019, I officially stepped down as the President to further pursue my career endeavors in education administration.
In September 2015, with aspirations of becoming an administrator, I started my Graduate studies through an online program at Montclair State University, my undergraduate alma mater. I officially graduated with my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in Summer 2017.
Most importantly, on June 4th, 2016, I proposed to my high school sweetheart, Nicole Christine Traino. We became husband and wife on March, 24th, 2018. We currently reside in Marlton, NJ. Marrying Nicole was quite possibly the best moment of my life and I look forward to many, many wonderful years together. (Enjoy some of our wedding videos at my YouTube channel – Michael Melvin Youtube Channel).
Towards the end of my 7th year at Ridgway, I was offered the position of Math Supervisor (grades 6-12) with the Bordentown Regional School District. While it was hard to leave Edgewater Park behind, I was excited for this new venture in my life. During my 1st year as Math Supervisor, I have had the privilege of working with some amazing math educators. We have collaborated to provide meaningful instruction for our students. I have had the opportunity to hire new teachers, lead professional development and workshops, conduct observations/summatives, develop a full-year Algebra 1 program for Freshmen to begin next year, and lead a textbook adoption process for our middle school. I look forward to seeing what adventures come my way in Year 2 at Bordentown!
I look forward to the years to come and to see where my experiences and journeys take me. On the menu above, feel free to explore more details about my many experiences and resumes in the different fields of my work.