Melinda Mangham is a life-long educator, working for over forty years teaching English and advising middle and high school students throughout Louisiana. Melinda started her teaching career at Lee High School in Baton Rouge and later taught at Episcopal HS, Airline HS, Glen Oaks HS, Valley Park HS and St. James Episcopal Day School in Baton Rouge before moving to Lafayette where she taught at Lafayette HS until retiring in 2009. Melinda currently heads up Mangham Academic Planning Strategy where she continues to advise students and help them in their academic careers.
Her list of professional awards and affiliations attests to her active involvement in the community, especially in the area of education. She currently sits on the Ascension Episcopal School Board of Trustees and the Hospice of Acadiana Board of Directors. Melinda also chairs the Dolly Parton Imagination Library committee for the United Way of Acadiana. She has been named an Outstanding Educator by the University of Miami, Texas A&M, MIT, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, a White House Distinguished Teacher twice, and received the Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction Award.
Melinda is a proud LSU graduate and was married to the late Mickey Mangham. Her daughter, Elizabeth Mangham, lives in Baton Rouge and is president of Southern Strategies Management Consulting Group.