Melissa Ellison Hood is running for re-election to the school trustee seat she currently holds for Anderson School District One Area 1.
Hood is a lifelong resident of Anderson District One and graduated from Palmetto High School in 1986. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lander University and became certified in Early Childhood Education at Anderson University.
She and her husband Tommy have two grown children, Drew and Anna, who both graduated from Anderson One schools. They have lived in Powdersville for 24 years.
She began her career by teaching at Pelzer Elementary for seven years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. When her children started school, she began teaching pre-school at St. Andrew’s Pre-School while also serving in many different leadership positions for the PTSO at Powdersville Elementary School.
Hood served on the School Improvement Council for Wren High School and has also been a mentor for an Anderson One student for the past seven years.
She is currently the ministry assistant at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, where she has been serving for 13 years. She enjoys traveling, antiquing, teaching children’s classes at church, and spending time with family.
Hood has served on the school board for the past eight years and feels honored and blessed to represent the students, parents, and constituents of the district.
“I am extremely proud of all the great progress that Anderson One has made over the past eight years. We now have a full-time resource officer in every school as well as enhanced safety measures to ensure the protection of each student and faculty member. I am also delighted that the district has established the 1:1 Digital Innovation Initiative for all students in grades 3-12, which is enabling them to become more college and career ready upon graduation.”
“With high graduation rates and test scores, Anderson District One has established itself as one of the best districts in the state that many people now desire to live in. There is always room for improvement, however, and I am excited to see what the future holds for Anderson One.”