Melissa Bryan is proud to be a native of Fort Worth and a product of the Fort Worth ISD. She attended South Hi Mount Elementary, Stripling Middle School and graduated from Arlington Heights High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Auburn University. She continued her studies in educational administration at the University of Texas at Arlington and graduated with her masters in educational administration. Most recently, she completed a doctorate of education in educational leadership and policy studies at Tarleton State University. Dr. Bryan has been a featured speaker at the district and state level. She also participated in the Urban Schools Leadership Institute at Harvard University.
Dr. Bryan is in her 28th year of service for the Fort Worth ISD. After completing her student teaching in Perth, Australia, she taught at Benbrook Elementary for seven years. Dr. Bryan served for three years as the assistant principal at Sam Rosen Elementary before being appointed principal at Luella Merrett Elementary in 2006. In 2015, she was appointed principal of McLean Middle School. In 2017, she made the decision to go back to where her heart is; serving at the elementary she attended as a child, South Hi Mount.
Dr. Bryan and her husband, Robert, are the parents of two lovable yellow Labrador retrievers named KC & Bo. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, off-roading, and watching sports. She especially loves college football where she is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhusker (for her husband) and Auburn Tiger fan.
Assistant PrincipalMy path to becoming an educator was not a traditional one. I have a B.S. in Business Management and Spanish Language, but after graduating was not ready to go into the business field. I moved to Gracias, Lempira, Honduras where I became a fifth-grade teacher. I loved every minute of it! I knew I had to keep working in schools. I then became a bilingual teacher in Fort Worth and have been here ever since! I was a bilingual teacher in Kindergarten and third grade at South Hills Elementary. I saw the incredible capabilities of my students and wanted to learn how to be a better educator and received my master's in education from UTA. In 2017 I was named the FWISD Teaching Chair of Excellence for Elementary Reading. In 2023 I received the Assistant Principal Excellence award for the Arlington Heights Pyramid. I am passionate about the success of every student and using creative ideas to achieve that success.Our kids firstname.lastname@example.org