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Dr. Melissa Casteel, EdD, is the director of quality assessment for the City of Chicago contract at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University (NLU). Melissa has served in a variety of capacities at the McCormick Center. She coordinated andfacilitated training on various early childhood leadership topics as a national reliability anchor for the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). She also served as state anchor for the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale and the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale, and as an Affiliate CLASS™ Trainer. The daughter of a family child care provider, Melissa served as a kindergarten teacher, adjunct faculty, director of an accredited early childhood program, and director of a public school administered Head Start program before joining the McCormick Center. Melissa is a first generation college graduate, earning a doctorate in adult and continuing education from NLU. She also holds graduate degrees in early childhood leadership and advocacy as well as administration and supervision from NLU. Her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education is from the University of Illinois. Melissa holds an Illinois Professional Educator License with General Administrative and Early Childhood Education endorsements and is currently pursuing a Learning Behavior Specialist endorsement. Melissa’s leadership interests include program quality evaluation, relationship-based professional development, and strengths-based approaches to building community.