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Melissa Tabeek is currently a high school English teacher at an open-enrollment public school in New Orleans. Prior to, she taught both third and fourth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies in open-enrollment New Orleans public schools.

Before returning to the classroom, Melissa was the coordinator for a literacy program in Baltimore that brought together members of a Baltimore City Public schools’ communities – educators, students, parents, program partners, and neighborhood residents – around the active exploration of reading, writing, and history, using culturally relevant children’s literature. Before that, 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 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.