Melissa Holman-Kursky

After 15 years in the classroom, I am excited to step into a new administrative role at the most wonderful school there is!

I was born and raised in San Francisco, and am a proud product of SF independent schools (Burke’s and University High School). I spent my collegiate years at Tufts University outside Boston, earning a BA in Drama and English, and taught at the university’s preschool in my senior year. Afterwards, I spent a year teaching at the Bank Street School in NYC before returning to Tufts for a dual master’s degree in Child Development and Education. After a decade back East, I returned to SF and was thrilled to find the SFS community. This is a place that mirrors my deeply held beliefs about social justice, diversity, and a foundation in the arts as part of any great education. 

After nearly seven years as SFS’s Fourth Grade Teacher, I was lucky enough to move into my current position. I have spent many years as a nonprofit theater owner, administrator, and marketing director, and am thrilled to bring that experience to my new role at SFS. 

Outside of school, I’ve spent nearly 20 years as a professional improv comedy performer, teacher, and director. I bring much of that training into school life, and have found that improv helps children (and adults!) to become better, more empathetic communicators, more flexible thinkers, and more resilient in all areas of life. I also love spending time with my husband Paul and son Leo, who is a member of the SFS class of 2028!