Mission: Working together to empower, challenge, and inspire - One Lowndes!
Vision: A learning community striving for excellence every day
Hi! I am Melanie Sainz, ESOL teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School and Pine Grove Middle School. The 2020-2021 school year is my 20th year in Lowndes County Schools and my 26th year in public education. Prior to coming to LCS, I taught for five years in Brooks County and one year in Valdosta City Schools.
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and I am a big Orioles fan! I love pretty much anything to do with Major League Baseball. I attended college in Florida and Virginia; I have also lived in Missouri and New Jersey. I moved to Valdosta in 1990 and have been here ever since.
My professional credentials include a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from James Madison University, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University. I also earned my NBCT (National Board Certification) in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts, as well as endorsements in ESOL, gifted education, and instructional coaching.