As the UTeach Institute’s writer/editor, Melanie ensures that communications are clear, concise, and error-free. She also edits Institute publications, newsletters, and courses; helps maintain the various UTeach websites; does social media; and other word-smithery as needed.
Melanie completed her PhD in English at UT-Austin and has done extensive freelance writing, mostly about food. Her first book, Historic Austin Restaurants, is a cultural history of Austin told through its restaurants. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, most notably organizing the first-ever spelling bee, and as her daughter’s Girl Scout troop co-leader.
When she’s not writing, volunteering, working, or dusting the frames on her diplomas, Melanie is knitting, sewing, or baking.