Ms. Pieper was born in Madison, Wisconsin but was raised in Casa Grande, AZ. She attended Cottonwood Elementary, then went on to Casa Grande Junior High and Casa Grande Union High School where she enjoyed playing soccer and other extra-curricular activities. After graduating, Ms. Pieper attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. It was there that she discovered her true love in helping kids succeed.
After completing her student teaching and living in the state of Washington, Ms. Pieper found the perfect opportunity to begin teaching back in Casa Grande at Desert Willow Elementary School. She taught 4th grade at Desert Willow for five years. After that, Ms. Pieper went on to Ironwood as their Teacher on Assignment for two years, then to Casa Grande Middle School as an Assistant Principal for one year.
Melissa is excited to finally be "home" at Desert Willow and is proud of the successful school community of students, staff, and families being built! Once a wolf - Always a wolf!