Melissa Ness became principal of Eisenhower Elementary/XinXing Academy in 2019. She has an extensive background in bilingual education, instructional coaching, and elementary school leadership experience. Prior to Hopkins, Ness has served as a bilingual instructional coach for Richfield Public Schools for the past four years. In this role, she coached teachers and created a structure for a dual language model. She also oversaw a STEM-focused summer school program, and wrote curriculum and instruction for both regular and immersion programming.