Melinda Murphy is an Educator of the Springﬁeld Virtual School, for the Springﬁeld Public School District. Although a transplant from Brooklyn, New York, she is a product of the Springﬁeld School System. Upon graduation from Central High School, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springﬁeld College, and her Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Cambridge College.
She has spent 20 years in a variety of capacities to promote, educate, and advocate for young children and their families. It was these life experiences that prepared her to work with an at-risk population of students and she is the ﬁrst to facilitate 6-8 grade students in a Virtual School setting. Although challenging, she works diligently to assure the school is academically rigorous, and meets the social and emotional needs of each student in order to maximize their best school experience.
Melinda volunteers her time helping members of the community interested in running for political ofﬁce. She also brings community events that are meant to help educate, and elevate the community through the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Beta Alpha Zeta Zeta Chapter, where she is the current 2nd Vice President. She is on the Board of Directors of Western Mass Tiny Home Initiative, a nonproﬁt agency. She also worked with Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services (MLK), South End Community Center, and New North Community Center where she went into the community to help with the Stop the Violence projects.