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Ms.Melissa Barnes


My name is Melissa Barnes.  I am the counselor at River Horse Academy and DAEP.  This is my first year in Hutto, yet I'm very excited to be a part of Hippo Nation!

I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Education & Mathematics.  I have been in education for over 20 years, working in three different states teaching high school Mathematics.  I spent the last 12 years working with at-risk youth during which I obtained my Master's degrees in both Counseling and Executive Leadership from Angelo State University.  I am super excited to step into this new role and support students in all aspects of their growth and education.

I am also the mother of 4 grown daughters ranging in age from 20 to 24.  It has been a whirlwind of a ride, but I would not change it for anything.  

I look forward to meeting you and please feel free to reach out to me anytime.  I am here to help!

Make excellence your habit!!!