Melissa J. Woolridge, Ph.D.

Graduate of Booker Taliaferro Washington High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bachelor of Science from Kentucky State University (HBCU)

Major: Biological Science

Minor:  Chemistry

Master of Science from Oklahoma State University

Major:  Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Science Education

Doctor of Philosophy from Oklahoma State University

Focus:  Environmental Science

My academic career with Tulsa Public Schools began at Eli Whitney Middle School (now Hale Junior High School) where I was a seventh-grade classroom science teacher.  Since that humble beginning I have served the district in several capacities including Dean of Students (middle school), Principal Intern (middle and high school), and Assistant Principal (high school).

After serving as the principal of George Washington Carver Middle School for two consecutive years I requested (and was granted) permission to take a sabbatical from the district.  While on sabbatical I taught undergraduate level science courses in Biological Science, Human Anatomy, and Zoology at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.

Prior to transitioning into the world of academia I was employed as a Virology Laboratory Technician for the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL) on the Oklahoma State University Campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  I have also worked as an Entomology laboratory technician, a police department laboratory technician, and a Forestry Technician where I had the opportunity to train with Hot Shot forest firefighters.

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