Melissa began her career in education, and was a certified public-school teacher for 18 years, where she worked with grades Pre-K through twelfth grade in the areas of Art Education, High Ability Learning, Speech, Drama and S.T.E.A.M. She transitioned from teaching to small business ownership and eventually served as the Early Childhood Community Coordinator for Atkinson. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys gardening, antiquing, being in nature and artistically creative endeavors. Spending time with her family, including husband Jeff, son Caleb and many fur babies is an important part of her life. Her life’s work is to be connected to people and create meaningful relationships.