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Melanie Potyondy

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About Me

Short Personal Description: 

I grew up in Grand Junction, but have been a Front Range gal since I came across the mountains for college in 1998. I live in Fort Collins with my husband, two boys, and grumpy old cat. This is my seventeenth year as a school psychologist and ninth at Rocky. I am passionate about helping kids reach their goals and be their best selves!

Educational and Professional Background: 

  • B.S. Psychology, Colorado State University (2002)

  • Ph.D. School Psychology/Doctoral Minor Statistics , University of Northern Colorado (2009)

  • School Psychologist, Thompson School District (2007-2010)

  • School Psychologist/Mental Health Therapist, Saint Vrain Valley School District (2010-2015)

  • School Psychologist, Poudre School District (2015-Present)

What does the Lobo Way mean to me?: 

Showing respect and acceptance for students, staff, and families from all walks of life.

Interest & Hobbies: 

  • Spending time with family and friends

  • Exploring new restaurants

  • Taking walks

  • Fixing up my house

  • Playing music (violin and ukulele)

  • Studying Spanish

Honors & Awards: 

  • Colorado Education Association John Chase Political Action Award (2023)

  • Interim Fort Collins City Council Member (2021)

  • Colorado Department of Education Mental Health Advisory Committee (2020-2021)

  • Colorado Education Association Ambassador Fellowship (2020-2021)

  • Runner-Up School Psychologist of the Year - Colorado Society of School Psychologists (2019)

  • Outstanding Graduate Supervisor - University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Society of School Psychologists (2019)

  • Political Activist of the Year - Poudre Education Association (2019)

  • Boettcher Foundation Scholar (1998)

Favorite Quote: 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

-Nelson Mandela

PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.