Michele Meleen

Michele Meleen

Michele Meleen is a Staff Writer based in Westfield, NY specializing in lifestyle, counseling, and family topics. Her work has been published on local and international blogs, websites such as the Chautauqua County Visitor's Bureau, print publications, and you can find her answering questions on Quora.

Baby, Kids, Teens, and Family

As the Director of Summer Programs for Westfield Recreation Department Michele coordinated daily activities and swimming programs for kids from infancy through age 18. She has completed certified courses in SIDS training, Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid, and day care regulations for all ages.

Michele is mom to a 6-year-old boy, sister to 6, aunt to 20, has helped numerous others through child-rearing, and published resource articles on sites like Babygaga. She stays up-to-date and informed on parenting research and trends by attending a local mom support group and volunteering for children's programs at her local library whenever time allows.

Charity

Michele is currently President of WACS Parent Connection, a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to enhancing the teacher, parent, and student experience at Westfield Academy and Central School. In past years she served as Fundraising Chairperson for a local preschool and worked for nearly ten years in the nonprofit sector including supervisory roles where she sourced funds, community resources, and volunteers for daily programming and special events like a 5K Walk/Run, children's bike-a-thon, and spaghetti dinner.

Crafts

As a creative mind, Michele has been crafting for as long as she can remember. In her positions as a YWCA Child Services Director and Director of Summer programs she created arts and crafts programs for children in grades K-12. When crafting Michele loves brainstorming new and innovative techniques and finished products people can use in multiple ways over a long time. She prefers to reuse or recycle items in creative ways for craft projects that are unique and environmentally friendly.

Relationships

Michele earned an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Saint Bonaventure University in 2008 and holds provisional certification as a School Counselor in New York State. While her expertise lies with children, she has counseled families in a clinical setting.

Toys, Games, and Children's Books

Michele grew up playing games every Sunday at Grandma's family dinner. Family favorites still include classics like Spoons, Nerts, Balderdash, and Pictionary - all of which Grandma is allowed to cheat at. As the Director of Summer Programs, Michele infuses her love of games and competitive spirit into daily activities with kids as a means to relate and teach. As mom to a first-grader, Michele now plays more ROBLOX and Pokemon and reads more picture books than she cares to admit.

Michele writes and hosts a bi-weekly podcast, One Book Two Book Read Book New Book, for families in partnership with Patterson Library in Westfield, NY featuring children's book recommendations and fun interactive activities families can do while they listen.

Hobbies and Interests

Michele is and always has been an avid reader and creative soul. Her library is now overrun with children’s books, which are read daily, and she is an aspiring children’s author. In 2016 Michele authored six stories for an anthology published by the writing group she belongs to titled Here: In This Time or Place and in 2018 two stories for the follow-up anthology title Here Again. Michele also enjoys the great outdoors, especially camping and hunting for beach glass. Three things Michele is addicted to are board/card games, reality TV, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! You can find Michele on Linkedin

Most Recent Contributions by Michele Meleen

Choosing Norwegian Baby Names for Boys and Girls

Parents searching for an unusual name for their new arrival may want to consider Norwegian baby girl and boy names. These options offer appe ... Read More

Christmas Theme Days for School

Fun Christmas theme days for school are used for winter spirit week, holiday spirit week, Christmas spirit week, or even incentive days to b ... Read More

Critical Thinking Questions for Kids

Critical thinking questions for kids engage their imagination and analysis skills. Kids' critical thinking skills develop at different ages, ... Read More

Mourning the Loss of a Brother Through Poems

Mourning the loss of a brother through poems can help you understand and express your own feelings. Sibling relationships with a brother are ... Read More

What to Get for a Baby Shower Gift for Coworker

What to get a coworker for a baby shower gift can be a difficult decision. Your gift selection depends upon your relationship with the new p ... Read More

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