Melissa benson

Grades K-4 Principal, Melissa Benson

  • Melissa Benson joined the Ross School administrative team in 2011 as the Director of Special Education/ School Psychologist.  She graciously stepped into the K-4 principal position and continues to oversee Student Support Services, which includes Learning Center, Special Education, and the counseling department. Melissa is a firm believer in collective responsibility and has tirelessly worked to create solid teams both within the smaller departments and across the K-8 setting.

    She is an expert in multi-tiered support systems for students- focusing on academics and behavior.  Melissa is committed to providing guidance to home/ school teams about using data to support student outcomes.  She previously worked in the San Francisco Unified School district overseeing approximately 50 school psychologists as well as a practicing psychologist for elementary, secondary and alternative schools.  She has also worked as a school psychologist in Santa Cruz City School District and as a teacher in the California School for the Deaf.  She is fluent in American Sign Language.  Melissa holds a B.S. from Boston University in Deaf Education; a M.S. in Counseling from California State University, East Bay; a Pupil Personal Services credential; and an Administrative Services credential.  When Melissa is not at work she is exercising by running after her young and active daughter, Piper, and son, Emmett.

Last Modified on January 5, 2016