I am honored to be the Dean at Tolbert Elementary School for another great school year! My name is Melissa Mehalchick and am part of the Tolbert Team with 14 years experience in teaching and leadership. I have taught 6th and 4th grade in FCPS at West Springfield Elementary. After many years there, I opened Kyle Wilson Elementary in PWCS teaching 4th and 1st grade, and then taught 4th grade at Dominion Trail Elementary.
I am from Pennsylvania (E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!) where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Scranton. After moving to Virginia with my high school sweetheart, I earned my Master's Degree in Administration from Old Dominion University. My husband, James (HERE WE GO, STEELERS!) and our 2 daughters, Marcella and Mila, reside in Aldie with our 2 boxers, Vino and Shine. We enjoy the beach, camping, football season, and making S'mores by the fire. As an educational leader, my goal is to encourage and develop leaders within the school community and create an environment where all students feel they belong and have the opportunity to be their personal best. I value the relationships that I build with my students, staff, and families. As a leader I believe these relationships foster trust, understanding, and respect among everyone. I am so grateful to be a part of the Tolbert Team, and am looking forward to another fun, meaningful, and memorable year with you all!