Please join us in welcoming Melinda Bihn to our Board of Trustees. Melinda is Head of School at French American International School and International High School and joined our SD community, “To be of service to a peer school, whose mission I value, and to serve a fellow educator and Head of School, whom I admire.”
Melinda has served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Independent Schools and was a 2019 Fellow at the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership of Teachers College, Columbia University. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education and has worked in both international and independent schools in Europe and across the United States. She also speaks French and German.
Melinda and her husband, Bill Wallace, are the proud parents of Sam and Rebecca (International High School 2017). SHe holds a B.A. in English with a minor in French; a Master's in Comparative Literature; a Master's in the Teaching and Administration of English as a Second Language; and aDoctorate in Educational Leadership. Here, she answers our #FacesOfSD questions:
Q. What is your full name?
Q. What is your home town?
I was born in Santa Clara, CA, grew up here in California, and have lived in Austria, Germany, Portugal, North Carolina, and Maryland. So home has been wherever I am! I am so fortunate to be back in the Bay Area and to live in San Francisco. What a wonderful homecoming this is.
Q. Where is your favorite place in the world?
I couldn't possibly pick one. Every place has something to offer. Having traveled and moved a great deal, I've learned to enjoy discovering what that is, wherever I am.
Q. What would you like to do when you “grow up?”
Q. What experience has helped you to grow the most in your life thus far?
Parenthood. I've learned so much from my children, and I've had so much to learn. Motherhood is humbling, exhausting, and exhilarating, often all at once.
Q. What do you consider your greatest personal accomplishment/s?
I guess I'm proud of continuing to learn. Returning to grad school and earning my doctorate during the middle of my career was definitely an accomplishment, but I wouldn't say it was mine alone. My husband and my children were incredibly supportive, and doing that degree was one of the most rewarding things I've done, thanks to them.
Q. Anything else you would like people to know about you?
It's such an honor to be part of the San Domenico community and to work with such a talented fellow Head of School and Board of Trustees!