Melissa is a San Jose native. She graduated from Valley Christian High School before attending Simpson University in Redding, CA. Later she studied for her teaching credential at San Jose State University. Her passion for education and science was ignited while serving as a naturalist at science camp in Grass Valley and Occidental, CA. She met her husband, Triet, while serving as a youth leader. Their triplets attend SJSU preschool. Melissa's family attends Evergreen Valley Church in San Jose.