Melissa Troup – Director of Special Education
With approximately 600 students in special education classes, Niles Community Schools provides academic and support services to the largest special education population in Berrien County. In her role as director of special education for the district, Melissa Troup oversees the implementation of a variety of learning structures supporting children with special needs, including inclusionary classrooms, self-contained classrooms, and inclusive classes that co-teach with a general and special education teacher in the classroom. In addition to the vast services the district provides community students, NCS houses various programming supporting districts throughout the county.
Although Melissa has only been in her director role since August 2017, she has been with the district since 2005, having led the emotional impairment program at Southside School, taught fifth, sixth and seventh grade, and served as assistant principal and a teacher consultant. These roles have allowed Melissa to develop a strong bond with many colleagues across the district. As a result, her goal is to further strengthen these relationships as she continues to familiarize herself with the district and makes sure students with special needs flourish.
“I am fortunate to work with an exceptional team of educators committed to ensuring success for all students and look forward to continue working collaboratively to achieve consistent growth,” said Troup. “At Niles Community Schools, we have created a warm and engaging culture, and will continue to promote the program to ensure that all students feel welcome throughout the community.”
Melissa went to Western Michigan University for her bachelor’s degree in special education and Grand Valley State University for her master’s degree in educational leadership and special education certification. She is from Buchanan, Michigan.