Mrs. Melissa Pallister Vallejo, M.Ed., NCST, has been a member of the New Way community for many years. She is a certified special education teacher, holds a national certification in STEM instruction, as well as Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She has mentored teacher candidates from universities across the valley, has taught all content areas, and has held various leadership roles during her career. After twenty-four years in the classroom, Mrs. V. is excited to be supporting our wonderful staff and students as Assistant Head of School, K-8.
Born and raised in New Jersey (Bergen County), Melissa lived in Rhode Island for many years previous to coming to Arizona. She currently resides in the southeast valley with her blended family of her husband Peter, their three young adult kids, and three dogs. In her free time, Mrs. Vallejo can be found almost exclusively outdoors, exploring the desert and mountains. She also enjoys horses, playing tennis, walking her dogs, hiking and biking. She loves to share her discoveries of the natural world with her students.