Melissa MacIntosh was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. She received her B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Educational Psychology and New York State Teaching Certificates at Marist College. She took the opportunity to teach in Hawaii in 2007, earned her teaching certificates in that state and has worked 9 years for the Hawaii State Department of Education. Her classroom experiences range K-12, across general and special education settings. She currently works as a District Resource Teacher, which places her focus around professional development and coaching for teachers and leaders in the complex area. In conjunction with developing her professional teaching practice, Melissa is a certified yoga teacher and works with people on finding wellness, balance and joy in their lives.