Ms. Melissa

Birthday: March 31

Hometown: Clearwater, FL

Favorite Crayola color: Wild Strawberry

Background: I can remember sitting down at my desk on my first day in kindergarten trying to fill out my "about me" questionnaire that the teacher was guiding us through. "What do you want to be when you grow up?". I knew in that very moment I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse!  I grew up helping my two oldest sisters raise their daughters and started babysitting as soon as I was old enough to. When I started high school, I was accepted into the Early Childhood education program and spent my four years there pouring my heart into the program. My senior year, I was offered a job working in the preschool as well as for an extra period to take over language arts circle time. It was such an honor! I graduated high school and obtained my CDA from the program. I left for college in Gainesville, where I worked at two more schools. I have been a teacher for ages 1-4 but have experience with all ages. I work in the nursery at my church and I am the Sunday school teacher for preschool age. I'm back in the Tampa Bay area and attending nursing school. I have a little girl so I know how hard it can be to leave your little one. I know how important it is to have that peace of mind while you're away from them. I love kids and I love helping others. If I can make a positive impact in someones life, even if it's just one person, I will do anything I can to make it happen and it will be so worth it. I'm so looking forward to meeting you and your family!

Future plans: I am currently enrolled in Nursing school. I hope to achieve my Bachelors in Nursing and work as a labor and delivery nurse.

When she's not babysitting: I enjoy spending time outdoors and making precious memories with my daughter. 

Defining quotation: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6