Cathy Melendez began her career in Special Education in 1981. She obtained her Masters of Education and her Diagnostician certification from East Texas State University in 1989. She served as a teacher from 1981-1989. She began her career as an Educational Diagnostician in Texas public schools from 1990-2013, and has experience conducting evaluations with students 3-adults. After 32 years of service in the public education system, she retired and is now completing evaluations in the private sector.