Teacher - Preschool & After School
Melissa is a 2-year-old teacher and the After School Istation facilitator. This is her fourth year at Fortress, but over the years Melissa has volunteered at many Fortress events. She also worked during the summers with her youth group in high school. So you could say Fortress has always held a special place in her heart and she is very excited to be here helping spread some love to our families and children!
You can find Melissa telling everyone that she LOVES her job. After years of odd jobs, she has finally found something that she's passionate about. In early 2017, she joined two other Fortress co-workers to gain their Pre-K Child Development Associate certification and then in February of 2019 she gained her infant-toddler Child Development Associate certification. To Melissa, Fortress isn't just a place for kids to be; it's a place for them to belong, where they connect and grow through a loving and nurturing environment. Seeing these kids every day warms her heart which is why she’s so passionate about furthering her career in Child Development!
Melissa has a 4 year old son named Dakota who is her reason for everything she does. She was born and raised in Texas and never wants to live anywhere else! She was adopted into a very big family and is the youngest of six kids! When she isn't at Fortress you can find her working at David’s Bridal, playing with Dakota, or binge watching TV shows.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” – Psalm 32:8