Melody is the Administrator of the Office of Early Childhood at the Nebraska Department of Education. As a former child care director, Melody has always felt that a Quality Rating Improvement System, like Step Up to Quality, would help programs communicate their quality to the communities they serve.
Melody holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has approximately 10 years of experience as a teacher and director in community–based early childhood education and care programs.
Melody and her husband enjoy riding their bikes on local trails, as well as spending time with their son and daughter.