Prior to joining Orinda Academy, Melissa Masland had her own independent educational consulting business for eight years. During this time she worked with a wide variety of students, from those who were admitted to highly selective schools such as Carnegie Mellon and UCLA to those looking at schools that offer comprehensive support such as Lynn University and the University of Denver. Her focus has been working with students with learning differences and half of her private practice was comprised of students with LD, anxiety, ASD, dyslexia, and other learning challenges. This year Melissa participated in Landmark College’s professional development workshop in Putney, Vermont, and in September Melissa will be presenting at Lynn University’s national conference on helping students with learning differences transition to college.
Melissa earned her BA at the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed the Berkeley certificate program in College and Career Counseling before starting her consulting practice. She has four children; the eldest earned her Ph.D. at UC Irvine in Developmental Psychology and is currently doing her post-doc at the University of North Carolina. Her two sons both graduated from USC and are living in Los Angeles pursuing their careers. Her second daughter has Down syndrome and is living in a community of her peers in Laguna Beach.