Melissa Macchia moved to Utah from Alabama in 2014 after residing in Alabama for the previous 25 years. Her career as an educator began in 1992 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She would go on to teach various grades at the elementary level for the next twenty-one years. During that time she was awarded the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher award for the state of Alabama. This honor was awarded at our nation’s capital and was bestowed upon Mrs. Macchia from the Secretary of Education at the time, Richard Riley. Another highlight of her teaching career came in 2011 when she was chosen to create and teach the first full-day academic Pre-Kindergarten program at a local parochial school. The developmentally appropriate program was a great success and fulfilled one of Mrs. Macchia’s personal goals; to provide a positive and productive educational experience for our youngest learners. Mrs. Macchia relocated to Layton, Utah in July 2013 and found a position at Leadership Learning Academy, teaching writing in the primary grades. She embraced the Project CHILD education model, as it so closely mirrored her own philosophy regarding the education of young children. She firmly believes that children must be actively engaged in learning, and that a hands-on approach is the most effective way for young students to learn. She accepted the position of assistant principal/instructional coach to begin the 2015-2016 school year, and has thus far enjoyed this new step in her career. Mrs. Macchia is married to Peter Macchia and is the mother of four children. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, hiking, and knitting. She also enjoys keeping up with the 600+ students she has had the joy to teach over the years.