Dr. Melinda Tartaglione
  • Welcome!!!! I hope that you are visiting our website because you are either thinking of joining our Panther Community or you are already a part of PS. duPont Middle School in some way.  It is very important to me and to us as a school to serve our community and partner with students and families to create the best environment for strong academics and supportive social emotional learning for ALL of our students.    

    I  have been in education for 23 years, beginning my career teaching Spanish, German and English as a Second Language.  I spent 3 years living in Germany and 1.5 years in Puerto Rico, as an exchange student first and then living there with my family.  I entered education excited to teach children and share my love of languages, culture and the fun of communicating with others. While I am new to the PS duPont Family, I taught at the high school level for 15 years, have been at the middle school level for 7 years, and have 1 year at elementary.  Through all of these years and levels, connecting and building relationships has been at the heart of my work.  I care deeply about building strong academic systems and providing students with enriching experiences.  Over the years, I have worked with AVID, International Baccalaureate, ESL, MTSS, BSAP, special education and Gifted and Talented, and have learned that it takes intentionality to help each program thrive and also the importance of bringing all of these pieces together as one strong school community.  This is my 8th year in Brandywine School District and I have a Masters in Teaching and Supervision and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

    I am married and have four children, and that is where all of my free time is spent.  My oldest son has autism and he prefers the quiet of being in his quiet spaces, so we enjoy time at home together with his favorite music and videos, and going for walks.  My two youngest are in middle school and love soccer, baking, and, of course, Minecraft.  My second son is enjoying his career and I couldn’t be more proud of him.  I enjoy gardening, reading, listening to Salsa, and just relaxing with my husband and kids.   A dog, a bossy cat, and some fish round out the family.  

    With a commitment to building a strong community and an excellent educational program, I am very excited to join the PS. duPont Panthers.  I welcome the opportunity to meet and build strong ties with families and students, and I hope to connect with you soon at back-to-school events, tours, and special programming.  

    The school - home partnership is extremely important, so please reach out with any questions or just to connect.  Please also get to know the rest of our administrative team as well, especially the amazing administrators and counselors that support the grade level in which your child will be.