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Melissa Tabeek is the coordinator for a literacy program in Baltimore that brings together members of a school’s community – educators, students, parents, program partners, and neighborhood residents – around the active exploration of reading, writing, history and culture around culturally relevant children’s literature.

Previously, Melissa was based in Beirut, Lebanon, working as a News Director at Transterra Media, then a freelance journalist, writing about and photographing political, cultural, social and humanitarian issues in the Middle East. Melissa has been published in both local and international publications such as Deutsche Welle, VICE UK, The Christian Science Monitor, Al-Monitor, Narratively and The Boston Globe, among others. Melissa has also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Kazakhstan. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education.