Melissa Marie Vineyard is currently teaching at Helios School. She has experience teaching at the middle school and university levels, and cares deeply about history as a discipline and passionately embraces the philosophy of the Stanford History Education Group. Melissa was born in Alaska and raised in Humboldt County, where she received her BA in Humanities through Humboldt State University. She spent a year living in Northern Israel on Kibbutz Dafna as a volunteer, exposing her to the incredibly rich history of the land and inspiring her to study history. Melissa has completed two graduate degrees in medieval history; one from St. Andrews University, Scotland and one from UCLA. She earned her Single Subject Social Studies Teaching Credential at Sonoma State University.