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Melody Coryell (IN '15)

Executive Director of Postsecondary Readiness

Indianapolis Public Schools
Indianapolis, IN

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Melody Coryell was:

Shortridge High School
Indianapolis, IN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts

Biographical Information

Melody Coryell, Director of Academies and Pathways for Indianapolis Public Schools, was inspired to pursue her path at a young age. In second grade, she was accepted into an educational program in Kokomo, Indiana, that demonstrated to Coryell how education can open a young person’s eyes to the world and, in the process, change lives.

Coryell arrived to Shortridge High in July 2014 after more than a decade as the IB coordinator and an English teacher at Lawrence North High School in Lawrence Township. There, she instituted recruitment strategies and modified program implementation to provide access to IB programs for all students.

Coryell hones her skills as Director of Academies and Pathways for Indianapolis Public schools, working to provide all students access to strong programs that lead to enrollment, employment, or enlistment.

Coryell received dual bachelor’s degrees in English and history from Ball State University in 2001; a teaching degree at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013; and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Butler University in 2015.

Related Connections

Milestone: Mel Coryell (IN '15) Named Teach Plus Indianapolis Teaching Fellow for 2017-18 Year

Article: Spotlight: Melody Coryell (IN '15)

Melody Coryell Newsletters

Who Was YOUR Most Memorable Teacher?
Feb 05, 2016

"We want our students to feel like they can change the world."
Dec 07, 2015

Melody Coryell In The News

Mel Coryell MFA ’15 Earns Milken Family Foundation Award
The Butler blog  |  Butler University  |  Nov 23, 2015  |  Indianapolis, IN

Shortridge High School’s Melody Coryell Wins $25,000 Teaching Award
Chalkbeat Indiana  |  Nov 23, 2015  |  Indianapolis, IN

IPS Teacher Honored With Milken Educator Award, $25K
WTHR-TV  |  NBC  |  Nov 23, 2015  |  Indianapolis, IN

Additional Information


2015 M.F.A., Butler University

2003 Transition to Teaching Graduate Certificate, Indiana Wesleyan University

2001 B.A., Ball State University