Melina Berduo is originally from Sulphur Springs, Texas. She is a Leander High school graduate and currently lives in Cedar Park with her husband, Luis Rafael, who was her high school sweetheart. They have two children, Elizabeth, 3, and Luis, 15; For those of you who do your math quickly, yes, in a few years, they will have a senior and a kindergartner at the same time. Following high school, Melina attended Southwestern University of Georgetown where she graduated Cum Laude and later went on to the University of Texas at Austin for her Master’s in Education Administration receiving her principal certification. Melina was a classroom teacher for seven and a half years prior to becoming an assistant principal and has served in Georgetown, Leander, and the Austin independent school districts. Her experience in the classroom was teaching Spanish levels I through V advanced placement. She has also worked for Educational Testing Services (ETS) in the certification of new to profession teachers and presented at the National College Board Conference regarding best practices in the classroom. She recently completed the Austin Principal Preparation Program (P3), a program designed to prepare a select cohort of experienced Austin ISD assistant principals to successfully enter the urban Principalship. Cohort members gain targeted timely, and personalized professional learning with a focus on the qualities and skills needed to lead a diverse campus.
Melina's administrative experience includes serving at Dobie College Prep academy, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and Murchison Middle School. And, we are fortunate that Melina not only has knowledge of and five years’ experience as an assistant principal of Murchison Middle School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle years program, but she firmly believes IB is the best programming any student can experience. She has directly experienced the IB program recertification process and worked alongside teachers and staff to implement a high quality IB Middle years program. Murchison has established itself as a strong MYP program that includes service and community impact projects, unit plans with incorporation of reflective assessments, and a unique curriculum for an introductory course for sixth graders. In her eight years as an assistant principal, she has worked with all content areas, but always directly supporting English Language arts. The English language arts department of Murchison became a leader in the district for its comprehensive literacy plan that targets alignment in practice and cross-curricular connections.
Melina is Meridian's first principal of middle school and she will support grades 6-8. Melina is an advocate of ensuring that as educators, we not only balance academic rigor with support, but that we are sensitive to the emotional well-being of each and every child. She welcomes and values diverse voices and prides herself for having an open door policy for students, parents, teachers, and community.