Melinda is a graduate of Star of the Sea. She earned her BA in Economics from Old Dominion University in 1992. She went on to complete the teaching certification program at the Darden College of Education with a Middle School Endorsement. Melinda taught Math, English and Algebra 1 before staying home to raise her kids. She returned to her alma mater in 2018 to teach Pre-Algebra. She is the teacher moderator for the Student Council.