Melissa Lavery


B.S. in Secondary Education, M.S. in Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development


Melissa Lavery graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Secondary Education, specializing in English and history. Melissa earned an M.S. in Psychology, with an emphasis in child and adolescent development, from Capella University.


Melissa has several years' experience as a teacher in various capacities. She was a teacher for homebound students while completing her student teaching. From there, she was a professional educator for six years, where she taught Journalism I-IV, psychology, English 9, and photojournalism. She was the student newspaper adviser and head junior varsity volleyball coach. Melissa also taught junior high students at a local church, led adults in multiple wellness/contemplative practice classes, and she serves as a Scout den leader for elementary-aged children. At present, she is also a Child Development Specialist at Penn Medicine, where she teaches parenting classes.

Fun Facts and Hobbies

  • Melissa loves to crochet, write, read, and garden.
  • She practices yoga, Ayurveda, and parenting.