Melissa Johnson Deaton graduated from Hillcrest in 2011 after attending for 13 years. During high school she was a member of both Honor Society and Beta Club, as well as of the yearbook staff, serving as Editor during her senior year. Melissa then attended William Carey University on full scholarship and was heavily involved with the Student Music Therapy Organization; she served as President for two years.
After completing a six-month music therapy internship with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Louis, Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy. She earned her music therapy board certification (MT-BC) in February of 2016 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music therapy at the University of Kentucky. Melissa is also working as a teacher’s assistant for the UK music therapy department and for the New Horizons instrumental ensemble for adults. Her current research interests include cognitive-behavior therapy techniques in hospice and bereavement.
Melissa has this message for current students: “Always trust God to guide you in the direction of his calling. There’s a very big world beyond where you are right now, and hard work gives you the freedom to explore it.”