Meet Our Lower School Director
I call my students "my kids" because they are not just names on a class list, they are part of my heart.
Melanie Slezak brings over three decades of experience and unwavering passion for education to her role as the Interim Director of Lower School Director. She considers her 36 years at Agnes Irwin a "calling," in which she has found immense joy and pride in both her students and the school. Melanie believes in the importance of truly knowing her students by building trusting relationships in both her classroom and with families. Melanie feels the same importance of creating and nurturing caring and respectful relationships with her colleagues. Melanie is an integral part of the community, known school-wide for her warmth, compassion and expertise.
Early in her career, Melanie was a Child Life Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center in Baltimore, MD and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, DE. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Master of Education Degree, both from the University of Delaware.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Melanie is the proud mother of one son and one daughter, who is a member of the AIS Class of 2011. She is an animal lover, avid gardener, enjoys long walks, reading, and finds reasons for gratitude every day.