Melynda Ross

Melynda Ross

Ross-Created Curriculum Material


  • Range, L., Nelson, J. & Ross, M. (2012). A checklist to guide graduate students’ writing. The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24(3), 376-382. 
  • Ross, M. (2011). Determining content validity for the Transition Awareness & Possibilities Scale (TAPS). Doctoral Dissertation. 

Leadership and Collaborative Activities

Portfolio Reviewer:

  • National Association for Direct Support Professionals, 2009-2012

Problem-Based Assessment Evaluator:

  • Year II Polymer Science PBA, 2014

Committee Membership: 

  • Principal's Leadership Team, 2012-present
  • AdvancED Accreditation Team (GHS building-level), 2012-2013
  • Strategic Planning, Moss Point School District, 2007-2008 
  • Curriculum Steering, Moss Point School District, 2005-2006
  • SACS School Improvement Process, St. Martin High School, 2002-2003 

Professional Activities


  • Listening to David. 2011 Mississippi Council of Exceptional Children Conference. February 2011.
  • Parent Perceptions of the Transition Process: Roles and Responsibilities of Families, Schools, and Government. University of Southern Mississippi 2010 Graduate Student Research Symposium (not presented due to illness).


  • McDowell, L. & Ross, M. Customized Employment: Tools To Systematically Coach/Mentor Initial Implementation. Presentation at 2011 National TASH Conference, Atlanta, GA. December 2011.
  • McDowell, L. & Ross, M. Mississippi Systems Redesign & Internet-based Employment Resources. Presentation at Mississippi APSE Conference, Raymond, MS. September 2009.


  • Guided LIFE of MS through five-year strategic planning process using the PATH model (Co-facilitator with Dr. Linda McDowell). April 2011.


  • AP Institute attendee (leading to certification), 2013
  • ASM International Materials Science Teacher Workshop attendee (week-long), 2012
  • CISCO delegate to Project Zero, Harvard University, July-August 2007 


  • TEACH-MS Institute (Mentee: Mark Walsh, physics), 2006-2007

Grant Funding

  • McDowell, L. (with) Ross, M. B. Tools for Transition from School to Adult Life. Proposal submitted to the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities in the amount of $54,383. (Submitted June, 2010; funded).
  • McDowell, L. (with) Ross, M. B. Building Blocks for Transition from School to Adult Life. Proposal submitted to the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities in the amount of $68, 433. (Submitted June, 2009; not funded).
  • Carpenter, R. (with) Ross, M. B. CISCO Strategic Initiative Pilot Program (CSIPP) Grant. Proposal submitted to CISCO systems in the amount of $4,000,000. (Submitted 2006, funded). I was individually responsible for writing $500,000 of this grant. 

Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2011 - Present

Teacher/Dept. Chair

Gautier High School (Pascagoula School District)

Chemistry Teacher (2012-present)

  • Currently teach chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry
  • Spearheaded the implementation of AP Chemistry at GHS
  • Previously taught physical science (Fall 2012) and physics (Spring 2013)
  • Passed pre-test and completed all assignments for Octave certification, 2014
  • Wrote district chemistry assessments, summer 2013
  • Revamped district pacing guide for chemistry after discovering required content was not included, summer 2013
  • Served on Teacher Support Team (TST), 2013

Science Dept. Chair (2012-present)

  • Support science teachers--get needed supplies, teach new strategies, act as the liaison between the teachers and administration
  • Check in with new teachers multiple times per week to address their questions and concerns. Make a point of contact with all teachers at least monthly.
  • Plan monthly department meetings.  
  • Train new science teachers on GHS basics: how to upload DA’s and view reports, classroom management, how to make lesson plans, etc.
  • Review DA scores, implement tutoring, pull-outs, etc.
  • Supervise biology and physics lab schedules and clean-up

Special Education Teacher (2011-2012)

Courses Taught:  

  • Career Preparation & Transition Fall-Spring 2011-2012
  • Inclusion/Co-teacher Biology I Fall 2011
  • Learning Strategies (9th grade) Fall 2011, Spring 2012 
  • Employment English Spring 2012

Courses Developed:

  • Career Preparation & Transition
Aug 2009 - Present

Instructor/Course Developer

The University of Southern Mississippi


  • Planned instruction; designed, revised, and clarified syllabi, assignment directions and rubrics; graded assignments; provided feedback; taught class sessions. 
  • Redesigned courses for online instruction implementing principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
  • Acted as a liaison between the department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education and the Learning Enhancement Center.  

Instructor/Course Developer:

  • Transition Programming: School to Adult Life (SPE 641) Sum 2012
  • Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children (SPE 400) Sum 2008, 2009; Fall 2010, 2012-online
  • Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Severe/Profound Disabilities (SPE 645) Spring 2011-hybrid 
  • Legal Aspects of Special Education (SPE 470) Spring 2010- online 

Assistant to the Instructor of Record:

  • Experimental Design (REF 761-Statistics)  Sum 2011
  • Families of Individuals with Disabilities  Fall 2009, Spring 2010 
  • Teaching Academics to Students with Disabilities (with Practicum) Fall 2008
  • Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Children  Spring 2008, 2010; Fall 2009 
  • Systematic Interventions for Challenging Behaviors (with Practicum) Spring 2009
  • Practicum: Transition/Life Skills  Spring 2009
  • Classroom and School Management Systems/Strategies (with Practicum)  Fall 2008
Aug 2010 - Aug 2012

Evaluation Specialist

Meaningful Daze: A Project of the Arc of Mississippi
  • Evaluated training curricula for students, families, advocates, educators and service providers. 
  • Collaborated to select published curricula.  
  • Developed and validated new surveys. 
  • Analyzed and reported results to funders.  
Aug 2010 - Aug 2012

Outreach Specialist

Tools for Transition from School to Adult Life
  • Selected training materials for students, families, advocates, educators and service providers (re: building self-determination & futures planning). 
  • Created evaluation tools for measuring increases in knowledge, skills, and satisfaction with materials and strategies.
  • Created and distributed publicity and registration information to advocacy organizations, schools and service providers; surveyed participants regarding satisfaction with training content/delivery and increased knowledge (re: building self-determination & future planning). 
  • Measured skill increase in students, families, advocates, educators and service providers.
  • Presented and published project efforts and impact to stakeholders using developed materials, as well as ETO software.
Aug 2005 - Jul 2008


Moss Point High School

World History/Global Studies, tenth-twelfth grades  (2007-2008)

  • Represented Moss Point School District at Project Zero, Harvard University (July 2007)
  • Teacher representative for MPSD Strategic Planning Committee
  • Serve on district committee for CISCO 21S grant implementation
  • Senior Project Teacher
  • Member of Senior Project Advisory Board
  • National Beta Club Sponsor 
  • Instruct students in World History and Global Studies 
  • Provided 3 days of faculty professional development on Moodle and using technology in the classroom

Chemistry I & II, tenth-twelfth grades  (2005-2007)

  • Served as Science Department Chair
  • Instructed students in Chemistry I and II
  • Wrote CSIPP grant for $500,000.  This funded a three-year pilot program to extend classroom instruction through the use of mobile technology, online instruction, and other state-of-the-art services, as well as created a new position (district-level) to monitor and facilitate implementation.
  • Served on Curriculum Steering Committee. 
  • Wrote district curriculum and standardized lessons for Chemistry 1 and 2. 
  • Served as sophomore class sponsor (2005-2006) and junior class sponsor (2006-2007)
  • Served as a team member on Teacher Assistance Team (TST)
  • IC3 Certified
  • Representative for the Moss Point School District for the 2007 National Senior Project Conference in New Orleans, LA (June 27-29)
  • Representative for the Moss Point School District for the 2007 National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, Georgia (June 23-27)
Aug 2004 - Jul 2005

English Teacher

Gautier Middle School (Pascagoula Schools)


  • Taught English, reading, test-taking skills (eighth grade) 
  • Collaborated with other English teachers and eighth grade teachers for curriculum alignment, positive school climate, and increased parental involvement. 
  • Created/implemented various differentiated instructional and assessment strategies.
  • Prepared and implemented annual Professional Development Plan
  • Made documented parent contacts- over 427 October-May
  • Taught daily MCT “booster” class (reading, language, math) to enable students to be at or above grade level by the end of their eighth grade year
  • Sponsored National Junior Beta Club- increasing active membership by 114% and service projects by 500%.  
  • Served as a team member on same-sex classroom research committee
  • Maintained website to keep parents informed.  All lesson plans and announcements were posted
  • Voted best classroom environment by students, faculty, and administration
Aug 2002 - Jul 2004


St. Martin High School

English (2003-2004)

  • Instructed eighth grade students in literature, grammar, and writing.  
  • Created projects and implemented various assessment strategies that appeal to multiple       intelligences and learning styles.  
  • Created a year-long (versus 1 semester) English class for students who did not meet “Proficient” standards on the MCT test.
  • Evaluated eighth grade MCT scores to develop and implement remedial programs (such as In-school Tutorial, “Double Dipping,” and year-long) to enable students to be at or above grade level by the end of their eighth grade year.
  • Organized and sponsored the first Reading Fair at SMHS.  

General Science (2002-2003)

  • Instructed eighth grade students in biology, chemistry, and physics 
  • Served as a team member on faculty Building Leadership Team.
  • Served on SACS School Improvement Process Committee.  Played an integral part developing the profile of SHMS by surveying students, parents, teachers, and community.  Presented findings to entire staff.
  • Participated in developing school mission statement, belief statements, and goals for SMHS.
Jul 1998 - Oct 1998

English Tutor

Youth for Understanding

  • Using an immersion program, taught Spanish-speaking high school student functional English (conversational and written).  
  • Student completed the 12th grade and was fully fluent in English by the end of the year.


Aug 2008 - Dec 2011


The University of Southern Mississippi

Dissertation: Determining Content Validity for the Transition Awareness and Possibilities Scale (TAPS) 

Aug 2004 - May 2006

Masters of Education

William Carey University
Aug 1997 - May 2002

Bachelor of Arts

The University of Southern Mississippi



AAAA Educator License No. 177930

MS Dept. of Ed
2006 - Present

Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³)

2007 - Present

Intel Master Teacher