About Pine Tree P.A.C.E.

Pine Tree Independent School District's Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.

Students assigned to P.A.C.E. have not adhered to the Student Code of Conduct and are removed from their home campus for a placement of 20 days or more depending on the infraction, the seriousness of the offense, and other mitigating factors.

The P.A.C.E. Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement (DAEP) Campus serves students from 1st to 12th grade. Grades 1st through 6th are served in the elementary program. Grades 7th through 12th are served in the secondary program. The campus operates with 7 teachers and support staff along with a campus administrator. Counselor services are provided by the home campus counselors.
The students will be provided the appropriate individual supports necessary to access curriculum to promote, maintain, and enable progression in academic studies. The P.A.C.E. instructors will be an integral liaison to the student’s home campus to ensure that academic growth is a priority for all.

Student self-discipline is a mandatory requirement for a DAEP based on the Texas Education Code Chapter 37. The Pine Tree P.A.C.E. Campus will be intentional in providing programs and support in character building to strengthen students in identified areas of need. These programs will be provided by campus staff and various community organizations.

The intentional focus of the Pine Tree P.A.C.E. Campus is to provide a safe and nurturing environment while  building holistically “S.T.R.O.N.G.” students. Student progress in academics and self-discipline are the intended outcomes of this campus as we continue to set the P.A.C.E.

Teachers and administrators at the P.A.C.E. Campus hold the same credentials as their associates throughout the Pine Tree ISD.  They work diligently to provide high-quality instruction common to the district while encouraging students to adopt attitudes and behaviors that will help them improve and succeed when they return to their home campus.


P.A.C.E. Staff

Melanie Bridges, M.Ed.

Phone: 903-295-5130 

Email: [email protected]

Educating children has been my passion since the age of 18. My love for working with children started with my participation of summer camp at the YMCA as a youth counselor and has grown from there into 25 years of service in public education. My belief is every child can learn given the proper circumstances. What is more important though, is what we are doing with the children that don’t learn. My charge is to find the way for all students to succeed whatever that may look like for each individual. 

I moved to the United States when I was 5 years old from Europe. In my 13 years of formal education I lived between Texas, New York, and Louisiana due to my father’s work in the petroleum industry and during holidays and summer breaks visited my family in Europe. I was fortunate to be able to gain experiences from these regions of the globe.


I graduated from Mercy Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana and received my first degree from Brazosport College and continued on to The University of Houston where I received by Bachelor of Science and began my public school career in 1992. I  was a teacher in the general education setting for three years and developed a passion for helping students with special needs and learning disabilities. In 1996 I returned back to school and earned by certification in Special Education and continued my career helping students in many different roles for the next 11 years.During this time I served as a lead teacher for the Special Education department at several different grade levels K-8, a Content Mastery Center Coordinator and a Campus Special Education Coordinator.

I moved to East Texas in 2003 and with the encouragement of a past administrator returned to school again to obtain my master’s degree. I graduated from The University of Texas at Tyler with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2006 and continued my educational career in administration that year. I have been an administrator in many different capacities and grade levels for the past 11 years.

I have two grown sons, one daughter, who is a junior in high school and four beautiful grandchildren. My husband and I have been married for 17 years. I love to divide my time with my school children and family and my own family. I enjoy traveling and attending activities with my children and grandchildren and just spending time outside in my garden and attending to my horse, pup, and new kitten.

                “Education is the most powerful defense we can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela

Candace Prosser


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Support Staff

Kameyah Jones

Educational Aide

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Our mission is to continue a tradition of excellence by providing a high-quality and challenging educational environment, maximizing opportunities for the success of all students, equipping them to become responsible, involved, and productive citizens.

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