Dr. Shannon Melideo has dedicated her thirty-one year career to the education profession. She taught grades 1,3,4,5,ESOL grades K-5, music grades K-8, and 7th-12th grade biology in high needs schools. She has been a mentor teacher, cooperating teacher, elementary administrator, district coordinator of ESOL, university department chairperson, supervisor, and associate dean. She recently returned to the elementary classroom and serves as the lead fifth grade teacher at Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in Fairfax County Public Schools and adjunct professor for the College of Health and Education at Marymount University in Virginia, USA. Her undergraduate degree is in elementary education PK-8; her Master's degree is Reading K-12; her post-Master’s program is in administration and supervision, and her Doctorate is in educational leadership and management with a focus on multicultural education. She also has a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Melideo is Virginia-licensed to teach preschool, elementary, middle school, reading specialist K-12, elementary principalship, and ESOL PK-12. Throughout her career she has collaborated extensively on schoolwide, districtwide, campuswide, statewide, national, and international committees, research projects, and task forces. She is pragmatically known to be and philosophically identifies as a collaborative, servant leader. Her current research interests are in teacher impacts on cultural competence and inclusivity and collaborative leadership.