Melissa L. Goo, MSEd, is a Principal with the State of Hawaii Department of Education. Her research focuses on teacher evaluation policy and its impact on student learning. Her experience as a teacher then administrator and district-level education specialist has provided extensive experience with the topic.

Research Interests

Observations of novice and experienced teachers are intended to not only be a component of teacher evaluation for the purpose of employment decisions, but also provide feedback and guide the professional development of educators. For either intention to be fulfilled, the observation process must be implemented effectively. Her research hopes to illuminate the perceptions of those closest to the system in order to have a clearer understanding of how teachers and administrators experience the observation section of teacher evaluation, how these experiences impact the effectiveness of the observation, and the impact on teaching and learning.

Ph.D. Track

Educational Foundations

COE Affiliation

Educational Foundations


B.S., Biology. (1989)
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

M.Ed., Educational Foundations. (2007)
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

Journal Articles

Edwards, D. B., Sustarsic, M., Chiba, M., McCormick, M., Goo, M., & Perriton, S. (2020). Achieving and Monitoring Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Sustainability (Basel, Switzerland), 12(4), 1383–.