With over a decade of experience, Melissa-Ann Ledo embraces the idea that the arts can offer an enriched education to all students, of all levels. She strives to provide and inspire the implementation of authentic art education to lead students to higher achievement, engagement, and creativity, in ways that develop critical thinking and communication skills.
After half a decade of teaching Secondary School, Ledo became the English Montreal School Board’s Arts Pedagogical Consultant. Ledo’s dossier involved her supporting dance, drama, music and visual arts elementary and high school teachers. This position maintained Ledo as the liaison between the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) and the schools, as an advisor in the professional development and training of arts teachers and as an aide in the implementation of arts programs. She has since resigned from this post to pursue her Academic career and other independent projects. These projects included being a Research Assistant on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant Program funded projects: MonCoin and Citizens of Tomorrow; as well as completing her Masters Degree at Concordia University with her thesis work: How can Queering Contribute to Elementary Schoolteachers’ Understanding and Classroom Practice, as They Design and Implement LGBTQ Sensitive Visual Arts Curriculum?
Ledo also worked on the creation of Mikw Chiyâm and is now the Educational Director for this interdisciplinary arts program that was commissioned by the Cree School Board in 2015. The program aims to increase student retention and attachment to school by providing an alternative space for creative learning. Mikw Chiyâm aims to inspire youth by creating contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and express their personal and collective voices through artistic expression. More information can be found at http://mikwchiyam.com/
Ledo is also invested in giving back to her own local queer community and volunteers the running of The Queerest Little Ledo Productions: an organization that brings events that aim at queering education. The first series of events is “Rainbow Story Hour”. Inspired by Drag Queen Story Hour (https://www.
Ledo is also a practicing visual artist who’s work focus on queerness and storytelling. She is available as a guest speaker in educational and art institutions. Presentation topics can focus on her own art production, the Quebec curriculum, developing authentic arts curriculum, classroom management, using the visual arts as a platform for literacy, integrating artists into your programming, supporting LGBTQ students in the classroom, developing elementary LGBTQ sensitive curriculum, and other arts education or LGBTQ education related topics