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Melissa Richardson

Director of Mental Health Programs and Educational Services

Melissa Richardson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Shaw University and teaching certification from East Carolina University.  She earned a Master’s degree in School Administration from North Carolina State University and is pursuing her EDD in Educational Organizational Leadership at Walden University. She received the distinct honor of being elected Teacher of the Year for Enfield Middle School in 2011. She represented Halifax County Schools in the North Carolina Regional Teacher of the Year competition in 2011 and Principal of the Year in 2016 as well. She has been a general education teacher, a middle school teacher, and an AVID Elective teacher/coordinator. Melissa completed an administrative internship at Roanoke Rapids High School and was an Assistant Principal at Aurelian Springs Elementary School during the 2012-2013 school year. She was the Principal at Hollister Elementary School from 2013 to 2017. Melissa served as Principal at Franklinton Elementary School then as Principal of Lowe’s Grove Middle School. Currently, Melissa is Head Administrator / Superintendent for Haliwa Saponi Tribal School in Halifax County.


Melissa also holds a North Carolina Community Health Workers certification. She serves as Director of Mental Health Programs and educational services for Green Rural Redevelopment Organization. She works closely with Community Health Workers (CHW) developing programs to help citizens in rural communities get access to health services and food assistance programs. 

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