I was born on January 31st, 1989 to two wonderful parents, Sharon Elizabeth Brooks Melvin and Ronald Leo Melvin. I was raised in Philadelphia for the first four years of my life and we moved to Maple Shade, NJ, in 1994. I have been a “Shader” every since!
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 for the granddaughter of the Dean of Library Services. 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. As for my major, 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 continue to work at Ridgway, as I am in my fifth year of teaching in an amazing school district. During my time, I have become the co-director of the Drama Department and I have been an active member of our Positive Behavior Support in School (PBSIS) team.
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. We are about to enter our fourth year in existence and we continue to grow with membership and programs offered.
As of 2016, a lot has happened within the last two years. In September 2015, I started my Graduate studies for Educational Leadership through an online program at Montclair State University, my undergraduate alma mater. I will be graduating with my Master’s Degree in 2017. Most importantly, on June 4th, 2016, I proposed to my high school sweetheart, Nicole Christine Traino. We currently live together in Maple Shade and we have set our wedding date for March, 24th, 2018. We reconnected several years prior through our time working together as coaches for the Maple Shade High School Marching Band. We like to credit our band director for bringing us back together. Proposing to Nicole was quite possibly one of the best decisions of my life and I look forward to many, many wonderful years together.
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.