School Leader, KIPP Academy of Innovation
Melissa Ulloa is the School Leader of KIPP Academy of Innovation. Before joining KIPP SoCal, Melissa served as the founding Assistant Principal of KIPP Heritage Academy, a middle school in San Jose, CA. She held many roles during the founding years, including Assistant Principal, Interim School Leader, Special Education Teacher, and Technology Teacher. For four years she worked closely with the founding School Leader to develop and support the systems and structures that aligned with the school vision, including the Special Education department and the implementation of restorative practices. Prior to joining KIPP Bay Area, Melissa served as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development with Teach for America. In this role, she mentored over 60 new teachers in San Jose public school. During the first five years of her career in education, she served as a Special Education Teacher at P.S. 62 in the South Bronx, in New York City. While at P.S. 62, Melissa was a member of the School Leadership Team, a team focused on driving school-wide priorities and goals. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Amherst College and a Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University.