Dr. Melissa Bloom is an Executive Director of Evaluation and Strategic Partnerships for Applied Research Center and the Vice President of Professional Services at the Learning Sciences International (LSI) Marzano Center. Her passion is to energize and inspire K-12 educators to improve effectiveness through research-based instructional and evaluation models. After spending her career as a teacher, regional school improvement coach, school principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum, and continuing teacher education coach at Quincy University, Dr. Bloom understands what it takes to encourage teachers and leaders in a way that ultimately results in increased student learning.

Dr. Bloom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from the Bradley University, a Specialist degree in School Leadership from Western Illinois University, and a Doctorate in Education from Aurora University.