Originally from Westchester County in New York, Melissa moved to the Bay Area after beginning her career as a counselor in high schools on the East Coast. She earned an MS in Education, for School Counseling, and a BS in Psychology. Since she arrived in California, Melissa has had the incredible opportunity to work with students as they plan their next steps after high school. She also took on the role of admission reader with UC Berkeley, working in support of the Cal Admissions Office for a few admission cycles. When she is not at San Domenico, Melissa loves spending time with her family, exploring San Francisco (especially the book stores) and taking long walks to soak in the view.
"My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico community is the opportunity to interact with incredible people on a daily basis! Our students, families, faculty, and staff are an impressively thoughtful and curious community.”
Hometown: Chappaqua, New York
Why did you choose to work at San Domenico?
The community at San Domenico was so welcoming! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join SD!
What is your favorite annual event at SD? There are too many to choose one! I really enjoy our Essay Writing Workshop with Seniors. It's a fabulous way to begin the year together!
What makes a “good day” at school?
Each day is different in my role so a 'good day' is one when I have been able to support my students and get to know them better as they work through their college process.
What is a favorite city you’ve visited, and why is it special to you?
One favorite is New Orleans which offers so much to explore - expected and unexpected (food, music, and culture).
When do you feel joyful?
I feel joyful when I am with my family and friends.
What is your ideal weekend?
When I can make time for family, reading and exploring the Bay Area.
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?
I'm struggling to limit my options! I would have to bring books: 'A Confederacy of Dunces', "One Hundred Years of Solitude' come to mind.
What academic accomplishments have filled you with pride?
Earning my Master's Degree in School Counseling was an amazing experience. I enjoyed every moment of it!!