Melissa Hedges is an instructor for the Strong Start Math Project. She currently serves as a Mathematics Consultant with Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Urban Education with a specialization in Mathematics Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Melissa is an instructor for PK-5 mathematics education both at the university level and in grant-funded mathematics professional development opportunities for early childhood and elementary teachers. Previously, she served as a K-8 Mathematics Teaching Specialist for the Mequon-Thiensville School District and Milwaukee Public Schools and an elementary school teacher in bilingual, immersion, and dual language settings.