As a classroom teacher and, later, as a campus and district leader, Melanie Calton has grown her knowledge of the Texas public education system and honed her problem-solving and strategic planning skills. Melanie developed a strong foundation in operations and project management in her early years at Teach For America before expanding her expertise to include human capital work.
After serving as managing director for Teach For America, where she founded and managed a training and support program designed to improve hiring practices and one-on-one coaching, Melanie became a campus operations manager for YES Prep Public Schools. In this position, Melanie oversaw all aspects of the general business operations of the campus, from finance to campus safety.
Before joining Holdsworth, Melanie served as director of operations and design at Promise Community Schools at Baker-Ripley. In this role, Melanie established relationships with key business stakeholders, designed and implemented an innovative teacher hiring process, and co-led the Director Leadership Team.
She is inspired by Holdsworth’s focus on talent development as a means of influencing systemic change and stronger outcomes for students.
Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Birmingham-Southern College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a distinction in leadership studies.
She is a graduate of Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama and enjoys home décor, reading and spending time with her husband.