Dr. Melody Hackney is completing her fourth year as Superintendent of Hopewell City Public Schools. Formerly, she served ten years as Superintendent of Charlotte County Public Schools and four years as Deputy Superintendent for Mecklenburg County Public Schools. She has also served as Director of Instruction, Coordinator of Alternative Education Services, Principal and Special Education Teacher. Additionally, she has experience in leading community services for adults with disabilities and teaching at the post-secondary level at Shenandoah University, Liberty University, Southside Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia.
Dr. Hackney is an active member of numerous professional organizations and has special interest and expertise in the areas of: servant leadership development, 21st Century teaching and learning, organizational behavior and communication, project based learning, student discipline, alternative education, school safety, gang awareness and parent education.
Dr. Hackney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education and two Master of Science degrees: one in Business Administration and one in Education Administration. She received her doctorate in Education Leadership, Policy and Foundations in 2012 from the University of Virginia.