Oregon’s only year-round school for children, teens, and young adults with Autism and related learning differences.

Melissa Winter

Lead Teacher and Transition Coordinator

Melissa WinterMelissa started out pursuing a degree in art therapy, but she quickly changed her focus after working as a teaching assistant in an Arizona classroom for students with autism. Melissa arrived at Victory in 2014, worked as a teaching assistant and registered behavior technician for several years, and earned her teaching degree in 2017. After teaching at Victory for two years, Melissa moved to Texas and then Washington, teaching in middle and high school special education classrooms. She returned to Victory in 2020, gifting the community with her joy-filled spirit and creative instructional style.

Melissa has a grown daughter who composes and plays classical piano. She loves all things nature-related, especially hiking. Melissa also loves to paint - watercolor is her favorite medium.

When asked about Victory, Melissa commented: “It is my joy to be back home at Victory. I look forward to every day and feel honored to work with such dedicated and talented staff. My students teach me just as much...if not more than I teach them. I feel blessed to be part of the Victory Family.”


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Accreditation and Non-Discrimination Policy

Victory Academy is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3), approved by the Oregon Department of Education, and accredited through Cognia.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY: Victory Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religious preference, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission selections, educational policies and programs, and/or hiring and employment practices.