Melissa Dearborn is a 2023-2024 Teach Plus Massachusetts Policy Fellow. Melissa is a 3rd grade teacher at the Summer Street Elementary School in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. She has supported a wide array of high-needs students in her role as a school counselor, integrated pre-K special educator, and elementary educator. Melissa was selected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to serve as a model educator for improving instructional practices for English language learners. Melissa has served as a member of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s MCAS English Language Arts Assessment Development Committee. Melissa, alongside her teammates compromising the CycleAwareXR team, was a recipient of both the Harvard University Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Award and the Harvard University Innovation Lab, Spark Grant Award. Melissa earned her dual degree BS/MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University, and she received her MEd in specialized studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education.