Melissa Gaspard is a secondary mathematics teacher at Gamble Rogers Middle School where she has been teaching for 12 years. She is passionate about encouraging her students to realize their greatest potential and develop their confidence both inside and outside of her classroom. Melissa also mentors new teachers, supporting them in the development of their craft. Most afternoons you can find her tutoring both current and former students at the library.
Melissa grew up in St. Augustine, FL where she currently resides with her husband of 15 years Jeremy, and their two children Ava (9) and Liam (7). Melissa and Jeremy, (Nicole's older brother) met and fell in love in high school, therefore Melissa watched Nicole grow from a shy, quiet teenager to the brave and confident woman she is today. When Nicole was 6 months pregnant with Alexis, Melissa found out she was also pregnant with Ava. Both families looked forward to raising their children together and planned for many trips to Disney World.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys relaxing by the pool or at the beach with her family and friends. Melissa is also a foodie and loves trying new local fare or creating tasty dishes at home. More than anything, Melissa loves to travel to new destinations and aspires to go on many adventures to foreign lands.
As an advocate for the safety of children, it was an easy decision for Melissa to sit on the board of this foundation. With gun violence reaching concerning heights, this is another opportunity to step in and to support our youth.