Melissa is passionate about science education and bringing professional level laboratory skills and concepts to a level that students can fully understand and actively engage in. She pursued a PhD in chemistry rather than education explicitly to bring doctoral-level skills into a high school classroom, where historically students have been told “you will learn that in college,” or “that’s too complicated for you to understand.”
Before coming to NEIA, Melissa taught general chemistry for undergraduate students at BU while completing her PhD in theoretical chemistry, focusing on the computation redox potentials using quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical embedding models.
When she is not teaching chemistry, she can usually be found singing, tap dancing, figure skating, or lecturing in the chemistry department at BU.
BA Chemistry, Boston University
PhD Chemistry, Boston University
WHAT SHE’D TELL HER 15-YEAR-OLD SELF
Don't be afraid to be your most authentic self.