Meet Ms. Blevins

Sunflower Elementary

Hello Sunflower Families!

My name is Melissa Blevins and I am honored to have been named the principal of Sunflower Elementary starting in the 2019-2020 school year. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve such an amazing school community. Although I don't officially begin my new position until July 1st, I will begin to attend school events so I can start building relationships with students, families and staff. Mr. Diacon and I are working closely together for a smooth transition and I will spend some time with him during the day to observe a typical school day. He has been an incredible school leader for Sunflower and I look forward to learning from him. I am truly honored and looking forward to serving as the principal of Sunflower Elementary.


Warmly,

Melissa Blevins

About Ms. Blevins

I began my teaching career in Blue Valley in 2000. In Blue Valley I taught 2nd and 3rd grades for eleven years before transitioning to an instructional coaching role in a charter school in Kansas City. I was promoted quickly to a director position and ended my time there as the assistant principal. In 2017 I was recruited to be principal of a large school on the East side of of Topeka and have been there ever since. I am a teacher first and foremost and approach my work as a school leader as such. My experience working in a diverse array of school communities has prepared me well for just about any school setting. I believe a school should be a joyful place where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in and feel safe to take risks with their learning. Relationships are fundamental for creating this kind of culture therefore taking the time this spring to get to know all stakeholders will be a priority for me.


I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Avila University, a Master's of Education from Baker University and an Educational Specialist in PreK-12 Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City. I also completed a two year fellowship for middle leaders in urban schools called Leading Educators. This experience had a profound impact on me personally and professionally. It was an incredibly rigorous program that developed my mindset, beliefs and prepared me for leadership.


Personally I live with my husband, Rico and my daughter, Bailey. My husband works for UPS and Bailey has recently graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia with a degree in Biology. She is living back at home and applying to master's programs in hopes of becoming a physician's assistant. We are very proud of her! I am one of four girls and love visiting my sisters who live in Topeka, New Mexico and California. I enjoy travel and time spent at home with my family. I am an avid reader and love my two dogs, Lilly and Posey.