Melissa Black is a 2022-2023 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and is the 3rd-grade math team leader at Byhalia Elementary in Byhalia. She focuses on helping fellow math teachers create and implement interesting, rigorous lessons so that students reach their full potential. In the past, Melissa has sponsored a health and fitness club and a school beautification club. She previously taught fifth-grade math and science and is a new member of the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council (2022-2023). Melissa earned her BA in elementary education with an endorsement in Math K-8 and English K-12 and her MEd in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State University.