Degrees and Certifications:

Melissa Burkhardt-Shields

Adult and Family Education

Colorado Springs School District 11
Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus

2115 Afton Way Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909

  •  Ms. Burkhardt-Shields has spent her entire career—26 years—working with at-risk children and adults in Colorado Springs School District 11.  She began as a 2nd grade teacher at Helen Hunt Elementary School in 1997.  She has an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Denver, along with a Principal’s license.  Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Social Sciences.  

    During her time in School District 11, she has been a teacher, a Malcolm Baldrige coach, a reading coach, assistant principal, Continuous Quality Improvement District-level Facilitator and for the past 18 years, the Director of Adult & Family Education.

    She provides leadership, management, and secures funding through federal, state, and local grants to support one of the largest adult education programs in the state of Colorado.  Adult & Family Ed prides itself on being one of the only comprehensive programs in the state that serves students in eight areas:

    • Adult Basic Education (K-5 equivalency)
    • Adult Secondary Education (6-12 equivalency)
    • English Language Acquisition
    • Family Literacy (serving children ages birth through 5th grade)
    • Adult Career Pathways
    • Workforce Readiness
    • Classes for refugees throughout El Paso County

    The program serves an average of 600-950 students per year, while the Family Literacy program typically serves up to 160 children per year.  Student numbers fluctuate due to levels of grant funding acquired from year-to-year.