Mrs. Shepherd grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Illinois when she was 15 years old, and went to Stark County High School in Toulon, Illinois. She graduated from Western Illinois University in 2005 with a BS in Elementary Education. She also obtained her MS in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2012. This is Mrs. Shepherd first year teaching at FGS. She has spent the last 9 years teaching kindergarten, 3rd grade and 4th grade in Rantoul. Melissa lives right here in Fisher with her husband Zak and their two children. Addilyn is seven years old and a 2nd grader at FGS, and Jak just turned one at the end of July.
In her free time Mrs. Shepherd enjoys spending time with her family, attending sporting events, baking, reading, and watching movies.