Melanie Shaw obtained an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies and Music from Excelsior College in Albany, New York and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. She also obtained a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. In August, 2006, Melanie completed a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching from Northcentral University. She has a varied educational background and has worked in diverse pedagogical environments ranging from early childhood, multiage, general music, intermediate, middle school, special education, pull-out resource, and specialist classrooms in the states and overseas in Germany. She is also an alternatively certified teacher.