Melia Dicker is a writer who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent nearly a decade working in education. In her early twenties, she co-founded Spark, an apprenticeship and drop-out prevention program for middle school youth. She later co-founded IDEA, an organization that gives young people and communities a voice in shaping education around the country.
At age 28, Melia found herself struggling with stress and discontentment and decided that her life needed a reboot. In hopes of reconnecting with the joy of discovery and finding a path to happiness, she returned to her childhood classrooms. She started the Reschool Yourself project and spent a week alongside students in each grade, from kindergarten through college. Today, she is writing a memoir about the experience and lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband, son, and menagerie of pets.