I began my work with children 30 years ago with a position as a nanny for a family friend.  I loved it so much that I attended Nanny College, then spent many years working with parents to give their children a solid foundation to explore the world.  I have since worked in preschools, museums, non-profits, and as a school photographer.  I hold a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University, where my studies focused on early learners in the museum setting.  I have presented at state and local level conferences on topics including Art and Social-Emotional Learning, Process-Based Art, and Museum Programs for Preschoolers.

I believe that the best learning environments are play-based, where adults create opportunities for children to explore, allow them time to figure things out for themselves and support their growing social-emotional skills.

Melissa Etcheverry

NPNS Teachers