Melissa is married to Commander David Erickson, USN and they have one son, Daniel who is in the eighth grade. On the local level, she has served the past two years as the President of the PTA in Hillsborough County, Florida, the nation's 8th largest district. She has been an active participant in community engagement groups surrounding the district's initiative concerning Empowering Effective Teaching. She also has organized community engagement forums for the US DOE to support improvement in neighborhoods housing turn around schools. As a military wife and a former teacher, Melissa has also become a strong advocate for the Common Core State Standards, believing that their adoption will have a significant impact on the ability of military families to obtain a high quality of education for their children while accommodating the military's need for them to move in support of their military member's career.
About Parents Involved in Education
Our nation’s economic competitiveness and the path to the American Dream depend on providing every child with an education that will enable them to succeed in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation. President Obama is committed to providing every child access to a complete and competitive education, from cradle through career.
The responsibility to do what is necessary to give every child a chance to succeed is shared by schools and family. As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “It's family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done.” The partnership between parents, teachers, and schools will help us win the race to educate our kids.