Melanie Sholes

Leadership Skills

·Presided over monthly meetings and special events as President of 7100 Prairie Avenue Block Club.Later served as Treasurer of this neighborhood organization.

·Served as member of 71st Street Advisory Council.This Council worked with Alderman Freddrenna Lyle and the Chicago Planning Commission to identify and implement critical infrastructure and streetscape improvements.

·Founded the Anitra J. Sholes Scholarship Fund to provide financial support to graduating elementary school students seeking entry into privately-run high schools.Awarded one-time scholarships of $300 - $750 to approximately 15 students.

Professional Development

  • Member, Chicago Career Professionals Network (CCPN Network)
  • The Women's Conference, Skillpath Seminars, August, 2010.
  • Career Development Course, Women and Careers, Northern Illinois University, Fall 2007. 


Experienced professional has worked with students in educational and community-based settings for over 20 years.  Proficient teacher, tutor, editor and recruiter helps students and clients from diverse backgrounds reach educational and financial self-sufficiency goals.

Work History

Work History
May 2009 - Present

Office of Educational Opportunity Programs/Trio

Upward Bound Teacher/Tutor

·Teaching Career Development and English Classes to high school students (20 - 30 students per class) attending Upward Bound, a college preparatory program for economically challenged/first generation college bound students, on Saturdays and during summer break.

·Preparing lesson plans, and syllabi for Academic Coordinator, Upward Bound Directors’ review.

·Tutoring students in writing, literature, English and U.S. History

·Informing parents about student’s academic progress.

·Recruiting and interviewing potential Upward Bound participants.

Educational Talent Search Teacher/Tutor

·Administered English ACT pre-tests and post-tests to approximately 30 beginning freshmen students to assess and improve their level of performance in this subject area. 

·Taught basic concepts of writing and English during Summer Program. 

Newsletter Editor

·Edit and proofread stories submitted by Trio Program Participants and Staff Members.

·Write stories and take photographs of Trio participants at scheduled events. 

·Use photo editing software to enhance and resize photographs for publication.

·Format articles in Microsoft Word to produce a well-written and graphically appealing newsletter.This publication is distributed to Trio students/participants, parents, staff and selected Chicago State University personnel.

Nov 2008 - May 2009

Career Pathways Initiative

Career Counselor Volunteer

·Facilitated workshops on resume writing, submitting online job applications and effective interviewing  techniques. 

·Met with clients to advise them on writing, editing and updating resumes. 

·Provided job search assistance to clients in computer lab.

Apr 2005 - Aug 2006

Project Success Educational Opportunity Center

 Recruitment Counselor

·Visited community agencies and participated in events to recruit first generation clients to attend post-secondary schools. 

·Assisted clients with college and vocational school admission processes.   

·Conducted workshops about free services offered by Project Success; including How to Make College Affordable and Maximizing Your Project Success Experience. 

·Assisted clients in submitting Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.   

·Counseled clients on ways to achieve success in education by overcoming barriers.

·Maintained accurate computer database of active clients. 

Nov 2000 - Apr 2005

Malcolm X College

Testing Specialist

·Administered computerized reading, writing and math tests to assess appropriate placement of new students. 

·Read and evaluated students' essays for English placement level. 

·Administered Blackboard tests to students taking online classes.  Offered customized tests for various student populations (e.g., Funeral Directors, Paramedics, and Certified Nursing Assistants). 

·Conducted training sessions for Academic Support Staff to augment Testing Staff during peak registration periods. 

·Conducted orientation sessions for new students. 


·Served as adjunct faculty member in Communications and Fine Arts Department; taught basic writing and college writing skills to college students.

·Named Distinguished Adjunct Instructor of 2003-2004.

·Maintained records of students' attendance, progress and grades.  Met with students to assist them with writing skills development. 

Dec 1992 - Apr 2000


·Taught academic subjects to kindergarten through 5th grade students.

·Paced instruction to prepare students to meet grade specific academic goals and pass national norm-referenced tests. 

·Observed and evaluated students' performance, behavior, social development and physical health.

·Prepared written reports of students' progress. 



Florida A&M University

Coursework included:  Introduction to Mass Media, Principles of Radio and TV News, Basic Photography, Communication Law, Newswriting and Reporting, Ethics in Journalism as well as general studies courses. 

Liberal Arts

Columbia College

Coursework included the following media courses:  The Honest Art of Propaganda, Copy Editing & Headline Writing,  Typography & Letterforms, Advertising Copywriting, Radio and TV Broadcasting. 

Jun 1995 - May 1997

Master of Science

Dominican University

Completed graduate school with scholarship from Teachers for Chicago Program.  Graduated with honors, 3.82 grade point average.  Became a certified teacher, passed both Basic Skills and K-9th Grade Teacher Examinations.