Melanie Thomas

Meet Melanie Thomas, a Special Education  Program Specialist who, with her husband,  moved to our community in 2013, fell in love with it, and decided to call it home.

I am proud West Sacramento resident and am so happy to found this community to call home! I am originally from Vacaville where I fell in love with my high school sweetheart now husband. After attending UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) I accepted a position with Teach For America that brought me to Sacramento to begin my career as a Special Educator. If I am not cycling or practicing yoga in my home-gym you can find me walking along the beautiful trails here in West Sac. My husband and I enjoy traveling and cannot wait until we can go on our next big trip!



Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I currently work as a Special Education Program Specialist. I am passionate about supporting school administrators as they build high-quality special education programs to best support our students with disabilities.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Tsuki Sushi, Savoury Cafe, and Devil May Care

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
My husband and I moved to West Sac in 2013, we first lived in the Ironworks Community and now in Southport


Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Ireland and Scotland–they are next on our bucket list!

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
This is Us and A Handmaid’s Tale

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Take time to know yourself.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Traveling to the East Coast to watch the leaves change.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Hall and Oates

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Bike Dog and Jackrabbit Brewing. We were there at both breweries for their opening and feel so connected to them both. They are great, family-friendly environments.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Barack Obama (Michelle can come too if she wants :)), I think he would make such interesting conversation and have so many incredible stories. I would take him to Nugget because I think everyone should experience Nugget in their lifetime!

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
It has a true “small town” feel, and yet it is only 10 minutes over the bridge to the Capitol. Almost any time I go to Target, Nugget, or walk on the trail I run into someone I know. I love the tight-knit community here!

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I see myself with a few more countries off my bucket list and continuing to have game nights with my incredible family and friends

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I do not know how to snap my fingers

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
São Miguel Island in the Azores off the Coast of Portugal–it is absolutely breathtaking!

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
June, it is the month of my mother’s birthday, my own, and our wedding anniversary. My favorite day on the calendar is June 27th, our anniversary and my favorite holiday is 4th of July since we are usually traveling and enjoying a new experience!

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
When you earn a free coffee after filling out a stamp rewards card. You have worked so hard for that free coffee!

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My younger sister. I want to be the best role model I can be for her.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Fresh peonies

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Family, Friends, Food

Q: What is one business you would like to have in West Sacramento? (which we don’t have one already)
Trader Joe’s!