Melodie Wyttenbach

Contact Information

wyttenbach2 Melodie Wyttenbach
307H, Carole Sandner Hall


Center for Transformational Educational Leadership Program; Faculty, Remick Leadership Program


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Master of Educational Leadership and Policy, Marquette University,

Master of Education, Mount Mary College.

Bachelor of Science, Saint Louis University. Environmental Science (minor in Geology).

Research interests

School leadership; executive management; school finance; mission advancement; board governance; project, team, and organizational management.


2015-present, Education committee member: St. Adalbert Catholic School, South Bend.
2014-2015, Education committee member: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Milwaukee; Marquette
University High School, Milwaukee.
2012-2013, Institute for Research on Poverty, Graduate Research Fellow, UW-Madison.
2010-2012, Mentor, Hope in a Home, Washington, D.C.
2009- 2010, Principal’s Council, Nativity-Miguel National Network of Schools.
2008- 2010, Archdiocesan & Nativity Network Mentor for New Principals.

Select publications

Preparing NativityMiguel Teachers to Work with Children of Color from High Poverty Environments, book chapter in Going Deeper: Conversations about Race and Racism co-authored with Dr. L. Mickey Fenzel.

Dissertation: The Educational Experience of DACAmented Students: Leveraging Relationships to Confront Barriers and Navigate the American Educational Experience.


Wyttenbach brings a rich array of experiences from her time as president and principal of a high-performing urban Catholic school serving a Latino community in a school choice environment. At Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee, Melodie oversaw the implementation of a blended learning program while doubling the size of the school as it grew toward full K-8 expansion.

She also served Catholic education at the national level as director of mission engagement for the NativityMiguel Network of Schools. In addition to her role teaching within Remick Leadership Program's Executive Management course sequence, Wyttenbach plays a critical role in developing and piloting a "good-to-great" institute for sitting principals, and supports the principals of the Notre Dame ACE Academies.