Dr. Melissa Bloom is the Chief Academic Officer and Executive Director, Evaluation for the Applied Research Center at Instructional Empowerment (IE) and the Marzano Evaluation Center. Her passion is to energize and inspire K-12 educators to improve effectiveness through research-based instructional and evaluation models. After spending her career as a teacher, regional school improvement coach, school principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum, and continuing teacher education coach at Quincy University, Dr. Bloom understands what it takes to encourage teachers and leaders in a way that ultimately results in increased student learning.

Dr. Bloom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from the Bradley University, a Specialist degree in School Leadership from Western Illinois University, and a Doctorate in Education from Aurora University.