OAKHURST — Yosemite Unified School District is pleased to announce that Melinda Gresham has been hired to be the new Assistant Principal of Yosemite High School. Melinda Gresham is a 20-year resident of Coarsegold and has been an educator for 22 years, 16 of those years at Coarsegold School. This past year she embarked on a new adventure as the 3-5 teacher at Gold Creek Academy, a new hybrid program on the Coarsegold Campus. She earned her BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, her teaching credential from Bakersfield State, and earned her MA in Teaching and Learning and her administration credential from Brandman University.
During her career, she has taught grades K-6 and has been involved in her mountain community. She began her career teaching in Bakersfield, then Madera before earning her teaching position at Coarsegold Elementary. She was the Athletic Coordinator for Coarsegold School; coaching volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, and cross country. She has coached mountain area youth soccer, softball, and little league. She served as the president of Yosemite Girls Softball League and has coached both volleyball and softball at Yosemite High School.
She has coordinated Heritage Days for the Coarsegold Rodeo for the past number of years and has been an active member of Kiwanis. She was named Coarsegold Woman of the year in 2016.
Melinda and her husband, Kent, have two children. Their daughter is a YHS graduate who was active in sports and Student Body, and who now attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in education. Their son is a junior at YHS who participates in both athletics and Student Body.
Melinda is looking forward to connecting with students and families, many of whom are former students or players. She values kindness, compassion, acceptance, and patience. While she has been a member of the Coarsegold Cougar family for 16 years, she is excited to support all mountain area kids through their Badger journey as the Assistant Principal of YHS.