Melissa Gonzales is a Colorado Native who has recently relocated back to Colorado from Washington State. Melissa comes from a family of educators and feels like that is where her passion for education originated. She has an undergraduate degree from CSU in Dietetics. After for working a couple of years she realized her heart was in education and substitute taught for a year before going back to CSU for her Master in Education and School Counseling. Melissa started her career in Estes Park as a middle school counselor. She loves working with Middle school aged students and believes with the proper support, encouragement and education all students can find success socially and academically. It is important to Melissa that all students feel like they have a place to thrive at Challenger. Outside of school Mrs. Gonzales enjoys spending time with her family and in the outdoors.