Ms. Melissa

Birthday: February 1

Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida

Favorite Crayola color: Bleutiful

Background: I am a skilled childcare provider with experience since 2011. I cared for newborns and infants in the nursery at my church on Sunday mornings and planned educational and recreational activities for children ages 4 - 13 during Vacation Bible School. Through the church, I also volunteered with Nathaniel's Hope - an organization dedicated to serving children with special needs and disabilities of all kinds. In high school, my love for children extended outside the church when families from all walks of life entrusted me with their kiddos as both a babysitter and a tutor. I have worked with children who have behavioral issues, ADD/ADHD, autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other specialized needs like food allergies. I am dedicated to enriching the lives of children through play and learning so that they may develop healthy relationships with their parents, peers, and the world around them.

She’s cared for children as young as: 2 months old

Future plans: I am currently pursuing an English degree at Florida State University. I hope to double major in Communications with a minor in Visual Design by next semester. I don’t know where God might lead me after graduation, but I DO know that I have a passion for people. With that, I can do just about anything!

When she’s not babysitting: I am working on starting up my own photography business so be on the lookout! I took up interest in high school and after some practice, I bought my own camera. Soon enough, I began booking sessions for family holiday cards and graduating seniors. I like working with my hands and photography is one of those things that satisfies my creative “fix”. Apart from that, I enjoy reading, the beach and making longboards with my Dad when I’m home.

Defining quotation: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

My son developed a fantastic relationship with Melissa immediately, and she was very good with him.
— Mike K.
I wonder if Melissa is available next Friday to hang out with [our daughter]. They hit it off so well last week and she’s super excited that she’s returning on Monday.
— Ida U.
Melissa was amazing and one of the best we have had so thank you for her!
— Michael W.
I just wanted to let you know that Melissa is amazing (my oldest son’s words). She was prompt, cordial, and was great with the boys (including our puppy). Can we check her availability first anytime our usual sitter isn’t available? Thanks!!! :)
— Danielle K.
I just wanted to say how awesome Melissa was. She was so prepared, and even brought crafts for the children. She really seemed to have a great way with the kids.
— Shayla G.