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Mrs.  Melissa  Cunningham
Assistant Principal

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Assistant Principal

Education has been part of my family for nearly 100 years.  My great-grandmother, grandmother and parents were all teachers.  From a young age I "taught" stuffed animals and dreamed of one day having my own classroom.  I spent the first eight years of my professional career teaching second and third grade.  During this time I obtained my Master's degree and completed various tasks to prepare for my role as a campus administrator.  

In 2013 I was pleased to accept the Assistant Principal's job at Shields Elementary.  My time in Red Oak ISD has been incredible!  As a district of innovation, I have the pleasure of working alongside our staff as we develop hands-on lessons that integrate technology and challenge our 21st century learners.  The staff at Shields Elementary is the best!  I have never encountered such dedicated individuals who have a love for children and learning.  Our teachers spend countless hours researching, learning and preparing for your child.  Our students are vibrant, creative and eager to learn!  Our campus diversity allows us to work to meet the needs of all learners.

I grew up just down the road in Duncanville, TX.  Upon graduating high school I attended Texas A&M University, where I developed a love of Aggieland...and the color maroon!  I graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  In 2009 I graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Educational Leadership.

My husband and I met during college and have been married 12 years.  We have one son who currently attends Shields.  We love to travel and explore new places as a family.  My goal is to visit every state in the United States--I only have 7 states left!  My hobbies include antique shopping, singing, baking and home decorating.

Thank you for entrusting your child(ren) in our care.  Each day we focus on providing a safe, nurturing environment that will work to develop life-long learners. 

I am proud to be an educator...proud to be an advocate for children...and proud to be a HAWK!