Mrs. Rancourt is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she earned a BA in History with a minor in Women’s Studies (the first women’s studies graduate from MCLA). She also earned her M.Ed in Secondary Education at MCLA in 2012. Her master’s thesis focused on the benefits and challenging aspects of online learning, which she has spent the last 15 years teaching. Before coming to BART, Melanie worked for 20 years in the North Adams Public School District. She loves spending time with her family, especially her four grandchildren, and watching sports (go New York Yankees and go Buffalo Bills!) with her husband and her two sons.