From a very young age, Melissa knew that her passion was to become a teacher. “I was the eldest child with many younger cousins and I revelled in taking up babysitting offers,” she says. Having now worked in the early childhood industry for 24 years, Melissa considers her job to be more of a calling than anything else.
As a young woman, Melissa married a pastor and was instrumental in building up a church plant in the Blacktown area. “My passion for families and their young children grew immensely during this stage of my life,” she says. “Whilst working full time I ran the Children’s Ministry and we also worked with the NSW Police Service with first time offenders who had to complete community hours.”
Melissa has three children of her own and also supports a Compassion Child. “It is amazing to be able to encourage her through letters and watch her grow over the last 8 years,” she says. Melissa loves to read, especially historical Fiction, and also dabbles in crafts such as sewing. She enjoys DIY projects and spending time with her family and friends. “Building relationships is really important to me,” she says.
As a Hillsong Church member for the last 16 years, Melissa has volunteered her time in the Children’s Ministry “Cubbyhouse” for 1 to 3 year olds, Parenting Rooms and Playgroup and currently focuses on the Hillsong Conferences facilitating Hillsong Conference Pre-School Program in many different roles. Melissa has also been employed in the Hillsong Childcare Centre until taking up her position at Norwest Christian College.
Over the years, Melissa has seen many changes within the Early Childhood Industry. “The implementation of the new National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework has been a very exciting time,” she says. “The Early Learning Centre is a place that nurtures the very young to reach their full potential. We focus on getting young children ready for big school.”