Melanie Lee is an ESL and social studies teacher at the High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, a nationally ranked public school in the Lower East Side. HSDLAS serves New York City's Chinese adolescent immigrant community, and students are either native Mandarin or native English speakers. The school seeks to graduate college-ready students proficient in both languages. Melanie is a mentor teacher at her school and has served as an English Language Learner coordinator in the past. She has also taught a College Now preparatory course as well as international relations and linguistics electives. Melanie received a B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies from Columbia University in 2005 and an M.S. in TESOL Education from City College through NYC Teaching Fellows. Melanie also received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan in 2005-2006, an experience that inspired her to pursue a career in public education. She is thrilled to be a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort.