Melinda Fortenberry has proudly spent her entire 18 year teaching career in Beaumont ISD. She began teaching in August 1999 in Pre-Kindergarten at Dunbar Elementary School, where she remained for 11 years. She taught Pre-K4 for 6 years, then served as a Title 1 Support Teacher for grades 3-5. With the merger of Ogden and Dunbar Elementary schools to create Charlton-Pollard Elementary, Mrs. Fortenberry joined the staff at Taylor Career and Technology Center as the Child Guidance Program Instructor in 2011.
Mrs. Fortenberry has successfully lead approximately 75 students to state competition, and three on to nationals in the student leadership organization TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators) and Educators Rising.