Melissa Payne

Hiring Manager

As the Hiring Manager at Meeting Street Schools, Melissa leads talent acquisition efforts, including national recruitment outreach efforts and selection for all campus-based positions within the network.

After receiving her baccalaureate degree from The Ohio University (Athens, OH), Melissa moved to North Carolina to work in business development for a large tech company based in California.

Melissa made a career change in 2010, joining Teach for America Houston corps as a non-traditional corps member where she taught elementary grades in north Houston. In 2012, Melissa transitioned to a large public charter school network in the same north Houston neighborhood where she’d previously taught, to teach middle school ELA at a combined middle and highschool campus. There, she not only created impact in the classroom, but also helped shift culture in the middle school through leadership. While serving in Houston, Melissa earned her M.Ed in Special Education and Exceptionality as a part of her desire to become a stronger teacher and leader. Melissa has also taught and lead in public and charter schools in Georgia and Tennessee.

In addition to teaching, leading and coaching in schools across the south, Melissa has also spearheaded regional talent selection for a large charter school network and supported in high volume recruiting for a global banking and investment company as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. Melissa’s passion for education equity stems from both her own experiences as a student in a failing school district and her personal journey of breaking cycles of generational poverty. When Melissa is not out recruiting and selecting the best and brightest for MSS, she enjoys cooking, volunteering, reading and doing all things creative.

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