Dr. Melissa Peppetti Ph.D

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Position: Director, Graduate Education programs; Student Teaching Coordinator, Instructor

Department: Education

Office: Library 303B


About Dr. Melissa Peppetti


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership; Penn State University
    • Dissertation Study - Rural Education: Teacher Retention and Attrition
  • M.Ed.; Johns Hopkins University
  • Principal certification; Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S.; Slippery Rock University; Elementary and Special Education


I am a proud graduate of Central Cambria High School and home of the Red Devils. I currently reside in Hollidaysburg with my husband and three children. We are supportive of our local school districts where our children attend school.


It has been a pleasure to be the Director of Graduate Education since January of 2018. I began my career in Baltimore, Maryland in 2001 as an elementary teacher at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School. Before becoming an Assistant Principal at Stoneleigh Elementary School, I also served as a learning support teacher in the Baltimore County Public School System for three years. After serving as an assistant principal for 4 years in Baltimore County, I relocated back to Blair County. In 2011, I became the principal of Mowrie A. Ebner Elementary School in the Altoona Area School District. In 2016, I came to Saint Francis University as the Student Teaching Coordinator and Supervisor. During my time at Saint Francis University, I have also been an instructor for Undergraduate Education and the Field Service Coordinator for our Education Department.


Courses Taught

  • EDUC407 Reflective Teaching Practices
  • EDUC207 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC375 Inclusive Approaches to Developing Appropriate Practices
  • EDUC450 Student Teaching Elementary/Special Education
  • EDUC451 Student Teaching Middle/Secondary Education
  • EDUC576 High and Low Incidence Comprehensive Seminar
  • EDUC577 Teaching Diverse Learners