Keena Melville

Learning Designer

When she was a kid, Keena wanted to be a teacher. Now, having spent 16 years in education, she’s pretty confident she made the right choice. As Learning Designer, she writes and designs our curriculum and course content, which includes educating businesses on how they can better accommodate those with disabilities.

As a teacher, Keena has worked with neurodiverse students and experienced first-hand how unaccommodating many businesses and employees can be to those with developmental delays. An educator through and through, she was Julie Walters’ daughter’s language arts teacher, and when she heard about The Connected Parent, she jumped in immediately with both feet, both hands, and all her heart. With a B.S. in English Literature, an M.S. in School Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Literacy with an emphasis on developmental delays, she’s now using her knowledge, skills, and experience to make the world a more equitable place for vulnerable populations and their families.

A writer and creative, Keena enjoys working with clay, needling felt dogs, envisioning SNL scenes she’ll never actually write, and, of course, reading lots of great books. A Queens girl by birth, she now lives in Reno with her partner and dog. One is named Paul and the other is named Dandelion. We’ll let you figure that one out.