Melissa has been working on and off at Mount Cross CDC since high school. She spends most of her time working as the Flexible Team Teacher, but will also fill in wherever she is needed. Her favorite time is creating with students, either in the art room or with building blocks or legos, but you can also find her at the piano during most music times.
I began teaching in 2001 after getting my teaching credential from Pepperdine University. I took a pause in teaching to be at home with my 3 kids, during which time I discovered Mt Cross! I immediately fell in love with the school and after volunteering as a parent. I began teaching here in 2017. I am always amazed at the transformation, growth, and curiosity of the children during the year and looking forward to sharing my love of learning with them.
Developmental Kindergarten Class (DK)
The DK class combines transitional Kindergarten goals with Preschool guidelines to plan engaging encounters in visual arts, English language arts, science, physical education, math and social science. During our “center” time we offer many hands-on activities which makes learning fun! Decisions about what to teach in our classroom are guided by ‘Zoo Phonics’, Scholastic Weekly Readers Magazines, daily devotions, Chapel stories, Bucket Filling A-Z and child development educational resources (California Department of Education). Being a five-day program allows us more time to prepare students for the increasing demands of the Kindergarten classes.
Children’s emotions can facilitate or impede their academic engagement, work ethic, commitment, and ultimate school success. For this reason, the book "How Full Is Your Bucket" and social-emotional development is a strong focal point of our program. Much of our day entails practicing ways to be a "bucket filler" and trying to understand how our own buckets are effected.
Our DK offers the same fundamental preschool learning experience with an added exposure to the common kindergarten standards.