Melinda McTaggart is a long time area resident, with family roots in Schoharie and Otsego Counties reaching back to the early 1700s. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from West Virginia University.
During her career as an educator, Melinda has taught at all academic levels and in a variety of locations, including SUNY Oneonta, Job Corps and for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. Able to combine her love of history and teaching, Melinda joined the Schoharie County Historical Society in 2017 as the Director of Educational Outreach to promote and develop programming for students and public throughout the region.
She became interested in supporting first responders following a fire which devastated the business district in her community and the commitment her cousin gives to his work with Rescue and Fire Departments.
Melinda is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Otsego and the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Program Leadership Development Cohort. Melinda is an active member of several service organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and has been active at the chapter, state and national levels.