Melody talks about her 2 years in the South Sudan and how although it seems like nothing gets better...you keep going and keep trying. Hope - Do It Anyway.
Melody Pineda Banks is the Upper School World History II teacher. Born in San Antonio, Texas, she moved with her family to Arkansas, Colorado, and finally to North Carolina where she earned a BA in International Studies/Peace, War and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a MA in Political Science in her hometown of Boone, NC at Appalachian State University. After graduation, Melody worked in South Sudan (2 years) and Haiti (6 months) as an aid worker. She focused on refugees and genocide in South Sudan and Sudan and the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Other travels include a summer in Uganda, an internship at U.S. Embassy Madrid, a summer in NYC at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and short term disaster responses to other nations, including Vanuatu. She has also worked extensively as a tutor and academic advisor, primarily for at-risk students. She tutored at USC, Appalachian State, and Upward Bound.
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