Melissa Rigas has spent her career working in higher education, including most recently serving as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Alaska in Anchorage and an English Language Tutor for the Anchorage School District. She has also served as the Center Director for ELS Language Centers in Teaneck, New Jersey; Cross-Cultural Communication & Management Specialist for Group ESC (Rouen Business School) in Rouen, France; and Manager/Instructor for SOFRESA in Saint Cloud, France. She is bi-lingual in French, proficient in Spanish and has strong notions in Korean, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.
She earned her Ed.M in Administration and Leadership in Higher Education from Jones International University in Centennial, Colorado. In addition, she earned a TEFL certificate in English as a Foreign Language from the American University in France; a BA in Special Honors Curriculum/History from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Certificate of Completion in Foreign Policy from Oxford University – Exeter College in Oxford, England.
Melissa is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Beta Kappa and StudyNewJersey, where she co-wrote the winning proposal for an EducationUSA/College Board visit by counselors from Morocco, Brazil, Georgia, Hungary and Kazakhstan in April 2010.