Melissa Bilash, Head of School

    Ms. Bilash is the Founder of The Grayson School and a state-wide and nationally-recognized expert on educational practice and policy. For nearly two decades, she successfully gained access for countless families to meet the needs of their gifted children through her private advocacy practice, Advocacy & Consulting for Education (ACFE). As a federally-trained educational advocate, Ms. Bilash has received special Congressional recognition for her work, and has co-authored chapters in both the University of Denver Perspective in Gifted Education: Legal Issues (Vol. 7), and the latest National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Guide to State Policies in Gifted Education.

    Ms. Bilash serves as an Advisory Board Member for Gifted Research and Outreach (GRO), and has been honored twice by the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) for her work in the field. She is proud to be invited regularly to speak at national and international forums for gifted children, including the World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children, NAGC, Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) SPARK and SPLASH programs. Ms. Bilash has been honored twice by the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) for her work in the field.

    Ms. Bilash is guided by her view that any gifted child with dreams and visions for their future deserves to be taught something new every day, to have their questions answered, and to let their academic needs drive the scope of what they are being taught. She strongly believes, and has made it her life’s work, that there should be no upper limit to what these extraordinary children can learn.