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Melissa Schmitz is an award-winning educator recognized for increasing academic success and motivating educational change. She has over 25 years of experience as a public and private educator. Receiving a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Drexel University, Dr. Schmitz is an experienced leader of educational change and organizational development. Currently, she is the senior educational consultant and owner of WISE HD, a workplace for innovative, sustainable, education and human development.

Additionally, Dr. Melissa Schmitz is an associate researcher with ELaBS (an Education, Learning and Brain Research collaborative at Drexel University’s School of Education) as well as a partner of the Freddie Reisman Center (FRC) for Translational Research in Creativity and Motivation. She is an author and researcher of several university courses on the mindfulness and creativity. To learn more about Dr. Schmitz’s approach to education, visit the video resources link featured as part of the book Welcome to the Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model that Works by Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman.