Ms. WallisHas a B.A. in Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University.This is her twenty-seventh year in the classroom and her twelth year as lead theatre director at Boswell. This is also her sixth year as Fine Arts Department Chair.Prior to her work as a theatre director, Melissa was a professional singer /actor. She is a former Miss Fort Worth. She stills performs whenever time allows!She began her teaching career at Kennedale High School. She led them to State UIL-OAP in 1998 and 2000. They also received Best Musical honors at the first Casa Manana Betty Lynn Buckley Awards in 2000. Melissa went on the lead the theatre department at Arlington Juan Seguin High School 2002-2007. While there her students received numerous awards, most notably nominated for Best Musical in 2005 and winning Best Direction in 2006 at Casa Manana's Betty Lynn Buckley Awards.Since coming to Boswell in 2007 her students have been nominated and have won numerous awards at the Casa Manana Betty lynn Buckley Awards and the Lyric Theatre Schmidt and Jones Awards. UIL-OAP has advanced to regionals the past four years. The students placed third at State in 2016 and were Regional Alternate in 2018.She has received the following professional honors: 2004 TWU Alumni of the year, 1994- Who's Who Among American High School Teachers, 1994-95 and 2000-2001 KHS Educator of the Year, 2002 Bayard Friedman Hero's Award for Theatre, 2001 Finalist Disney's American Teacher Award, 2004-2005 Juan Seguin Educator of the Year, 2008-09 recipient of an EMS-ISD Peer Professional Award.She lives in a historic home in Fort Worth and enjoys collecting American turn of the century antiques. Her daughter Lark and son-in-law Seth are also theatre directors in the Fort Worth area. Melissa is very proud of her seven year old grandson Benton Hayes Johnston and three year old granddaughter Zona Blythe Johnston.