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Melissa Berninger


I am the Director of the Honors Program at USD, where I also serve as the coordinator for nationally competitive scholarships. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and earned a BA in English from Wittenberg University, an MA in English from Penn State, and an MS in Library Science from Long Island University. Our family moved to Vermillion in 2018 from Brooklyn, NY. For over 20 years I worked at Long Island University Brooklyn, where I taught composition and literature and got experience with assessment and strategic planning. We love living in Vermillion, and our son has had a great experience at the Vermillion schools.