Melissa Simon, Principal, joined The K12 Search Group in late 2017. She is a seasoned human capital leader and recruiter focused on cultivating talented people to positively impact the professionals they work with and organizations they work for. Prior to joining The K12 Search Group, Melissa was National Director of Talent at Educators for Excellence. At E4E, Melissa was at the helm of the organization’s talent work and grew the number of full-time employees by over 300% during her tenure, while also creating and scaling all human-capital systems, recruiting, developing and managing a full-time Talent Team. Before Educators for Excellence, Melissa worked in fundraising and recruitment for Teach For America, managing, coaching, and leading teams of development and recruitment professionals for more than five years. As a recruiter and manager of a recruitment team at Teach For America, Melissa recruited over 700 corps members and led the country. Prior to entering the world of nonprofit management, Melissa was a Teach For America corps member. She taught middle school English as a Second Language and History in South Central Los Angeles, where she led her students to achieve an average of 2.2 years of reading growth and over 80% content mastery in history each year. Melissa was a National Semi-Finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching award. She is a 3rd generation native of Manhattan Beach, California and holds a Master’s in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Urban History and Immigration from the University of California Berkeley (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).