Ms. Nicole Melendez


Ms. Nicole Melendez is honored to be serving as your Barkley Elementary Assistant Principal. She has worked in public education in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Ms Melendez joined the DoDEA family in 2011. She completed her student teaching in 1997 at Guion Bluford Elementary School in Lancaster, PA. She then graduated with a Bachelor's in Education with an Early Childhood/Urban Education specialization from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Ms. Melendez was hopeful that acquiring this degree would propel her into a flourishing teaching career. However, there were hiring freezes in all surrounding districts that led her into the human services field.

In 2004, Ms. Melendez earned her Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. She worked as the Program Director of Gaudenzia Inc. First Program where she led her staff in helping individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol dependency, mental illness, and related conditions to achieve a better quality of life and become accountable individuals. Ms. Melendez developed the skills to lead and build a trusting community through shared decision-making by establishing a collaborative culture through conversation and personal connections. As a leader in the agency, she was able to enact change, promote professional development and grow leaders through supervision and mentoring.

In 2006, Ms. Melendez and her family PCS’d to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon her arrival, she decided that it was time to pursue her dreams by securing a job in Education. Ms. Melendez began working as an Adult Basic Education Instructor at the Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, North Carolina. That same year, she attended a Cumberland County School District job fair and successfully landed a fourth-grade teaching position. Ms. Melendez thrived quickly as a teacher leader and remained in 4th grade looping to 5th grade with her students in her last year at Bill Hefner. She held positions as Grade level Chairperson, Continuous School Improvement Chairperson, as well as Teacher Mentor.

In 2007, after her first year in the classroom, Ms. Melendez was awarded Teacher of The Year. One year later, she was on the front cover of the local newspaper -The Fayetteville Observer. The article was about how she was able to excel in her job as an educator while managing a home and supporting her active-duty spouse through numerous wartime deployments.

Ms. Melendez graduated with her Masters in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, in 2013. During her principal internship in 2011, she accepted a job as a Kindergarten Teacher at Shughart Elementary in Fort Bragg, NC. During her tenure with DoDEA, Ms. Melendez has gained a wealth of experience as a teacher (Pre-K, Kindergarten, 5th grade, 4th/5th-grade split co-teaching model. READ 180, LLI, In-School Instructional Support Teacher (Literacy and Math), Teacher Mentor, Student Club Leader, and CSI Chair for seven consecutive years. As CSI Chair, Ms. Melendez provided professional development on a range of topics mandated by the district related to the current trends in curriculum and instruction. She initiated an innovative school-wide intervention plan which led Shughart Elementary School to earn the second-highest overall accreditation scores in the DoDEA Americas Mid-Atlantic District in SY 2019/2020. Ms. Melendez also facilitated a session at the Summer Leadership Conference for the MAD District Administrators called " Powerful Practices of Progress Monitoring."

Ms. Nicole Melendez is a passionate school leader who is deeply committed to providing a safe and enjoyable educational experience for all students. At the core of this commitment is: Fostering positive relationships with school stakeholders to build a healthy school environment. Fully engaging teachers and students in the art of teaching and learning on a daily basis by modeling high expectations. Promoting the importance of foundational skills by ensuring that all students read, write and problem solve daily. Integrating technology into each classroom daily to ensure we are preparing our students for 21st Century College and Career standards. Building a strong bridge between home and school because parent involvement promotes student success. Remaining student-centered and always data-driven!

Ms. Melendez would like to thank the Barkley Community in advance for what she is sure will be a great partnership in the years to come.

Welcome Message

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to embark upon another school year filled with exceptional educational service to our military community and military-connected children. Our dedicated team of educators and support staff, who are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, have the highest expectations for our students. Together, we strive to create a school environment that enhances student achievement and promotes joy in learning.

We believe parents and guardians are an essential element in the educational program of our school. Strong partnerships with our military-connected families leads to an outstanding student learning experience and, also, promotion of individual student academic, behavioral, and social/emotional growth. Therefore, parents/guardian participation in the learning process is vital to creating an atmosphere of collective commitment to student success. We invite our parents/guardians to volunteer, participate in school events, and attend (PTO) meetings, in order to support all students' learning and actively participate in our school's continuous improvement. If you didn’t have the opportunity to be a part of the PTO this past year, we hope that you will join this organization as we move into a new year. The PTO is a great resource and support to our students. Hats off to all those who have volunteered their time and talent to the PTO!

We look forward to partnering with the entire Barkley community throughout this school year. Please do not hesitate to contact the school at any time to answer any questions or assist in navigating our educational program. We appreciate your support and assistance as we work together to ensure all students feel safe and encouraged to maximize their potential in their pursuit to excellence.


Ms. Nicole Melendez, DoDEA employees official photo.

177 Gorgas Avenue
42223-1900 KY
United States

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