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Melinda Sheriff was born and raised right here in sunny San Diego. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2011, with a bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. In 2011, Ms. Sheriff moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she started her journey working with children with exceptionalities. In Hawaii, she assisted Speech-Language Pathologists and worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), providing behavioral interventions for children on the autism spectrum. Ms. Sheriff moved back to San Diego in 2014 and continued to work as an ABA therapist, where she provided services privately in homes as well as in schools. In 2015, Ms. Sheriff spent three years working for a Non-Public School serving students with exceptionalities, where she first experienced her passion for teaching in a classroom setting. In 2018, she went back to school to obtain her teaching credential in Mild/Moderate Special Education. Ms. Sheriff is currently working on her Master's Degree in Special Education at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
 
For fun, Ms. Sheriff enjoys being in and near the ocean. She loves to surf and take her dogs to dog beach to romp around in the sand, beach camp, and hike. Her commitment to supporting individuals with special needs doesn't stop at her job. Ms. Sheriff's other passion is special needs animal rescue. She has been a foster mom and adoptive mom to blind and deaf dogs, senior dogs, and paralyzed dogs. Her fur babies include 3 senior dogs with special needs and one paralyzed dog who uses a wheelchair to cruise around. Ms. Sheriff believes that individuals with special needs are an integral part of our society and local communities, and she is passionate about inclusion for both people and animals with exceptionalities. She has been with Elevate since Spring of 2018, and she is excited to continue to teach, learn, and grow with this wonderful school community.