Melissa Matarazzo

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Melissa Matarazzo

Melissa is a former teacher, principal and school district leader who helps schools create cultures of continuous improvement to drive student outcomes.

About Melissa

Transformation is the creation of something new — it requires creativity, persistence and leadership.

Melissa is a coach for Studer Education coach who has decades of industry experience as a principal, district executive director and education consultant.

For more than six years, she has worked with school leaders, teachers and graduate students to develop the skills and processes necessary to evolve their institutions, increase staff engagement and enhance student success.

Prior to joining Studer Education, Melissa served as the executive director for achievement and accountability in the Charleston County School District. She has also served as a middle school principal in the Peabody Public Schools, and as an eighth-grade teacher and assistant principal in the Derry Cooperative School District.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Design and Alignment
  • Cultural Change
  • Engagement


  • Education & Research

Education & Certifications

  • Ed.D, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • M.Ed., Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Brown University


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  • Practicing Innovation and Inclusion to Create a Learning Culture in Schools

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    Four school districts that are setting the example for leaving the comfort zone and changing practices to build a culture of continuous learning for employees and students.

  • How Education Leaders Answer Tough Questions with Confidence

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    Reduce listener anxiety and avoid communication mistakes by discovering the root of tough questions, delivering clear messages and pausing before responding.

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