Melissa Parenti

Assistant Teaching Professor


Melissa A. Parenti, Ed.D. is an assistant teaching professor in the Graduate School of Education. She joined Northeastern in 2016. Her areas of expertise include teacher preparation, instructional methodology, literacy, and strategies for supporting English language learners. 

Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Parenti served for 15 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and consultant in K-12 school systems in the urban communities of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Her publications include articles in The Journal of Applied School Psychology and The Journal of Educational Technology. She has received three Excellence in Teaching awards at Northeastern and at St. John’s University, and currently sits on the editorial review boards for The Reading Teacher and Kappa Delta Pi Record and on the advisory board for SXSW EDU.

Dr. Parenti’s research centers on improving the quality of instruction in all classrooms — from high-need, low-resource K-12 schools to university settings.


Doctor of Education from University of Southern California (2012)