Melissa is a lecturer and course coordinator in the School of Education in Brisbane, teaching units on Inclusive Education and Arts education. She has been a school teacher and HOD for 22 years in Australia and in Asia in the International school system. Melissa has been teaching at the Higher Education level for the past eight years. Melissa's PhD centred on the challenges teachers face when implementing culturally diverse Arts education examining a range of case studies in Australia and Singapore. Her current research covers three main areas- inclusive education, creative pedagogies, and culturally diverse Arts education. Her current research focuses on hearing the voices of students with a vision impairment attending mainstream schools. She has managed three large-scale national Learning and Teaching projects and has produced an international MOOC 'Deep Learning for Transformative Pedagogies' through EdX and Microsoft. Melissa has received several higher education teaching awards and is the recipient of the Callaway Doctoral Award.