Melanie Reese

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Melanie Reese

As a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at AnLar, Melanie is passionate about building systems to support inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities. She is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and technical assistance provider. She has expertise in early childhood special education, state early childhood systems, and social-emotional learning.

Prior to joining AnLar, Melanie spent 3 years at the Iowa Department of Education, where she led the state’s Pyramid Model work, co-led the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for special education in birth-five, and worked as the 619 Part B coordinator. She also worked at a regional service agency in Iowa providing technical assistance to local school districts and child care programs in early childhood and early childhood special education for 14 years. Melanie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from St. Ambrose University, and an Education Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Kent State University. Her background and expertise in mental health and special education assist her in collaboration and coordination of services for children with disabilities and their families.

Melanie lives in Iowa City, Iowa (Go HAWKS) with her husband, two daughters (when they are home), and three dogs. When she’s not working she enjoys traveling with her family and friends. She is also an avid cyclist and enjoys cycling across Iowa on RAGBRAI each year.

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