Melanie Barkley, serves as the Secondary Curriculum and Technology Coordinator for the Athens City School System. She is a twenty-year veteran public school educator. Her previous experience includes middle and elementary school principal, assistant principal, secondary reading specialist for the state department, local instructional specialist, classroom teacher, and coach within the state of Alabama.
Melanie believes in innovation and building capacity among leaders and teacher in her district. She has been a speaker on best practices in continuous school improvement, leadership and instructional technology throughout the state of Alabama for many years, conducting presentations and professional development workshops, in-services, and job-embedded training. She has served as a mentor for new principals, assistant principals and leaders throughout the state. She believes in life-long learning and frequently attends continuing education conferences on instructional leadership and business improvement at both the local and national level.