Michele Meleen

Michele Meleen

Michele Meleen is a Freelance Writer with experience writing professionally for blogs, websites, and print publications on a wide variety of topics. Her areas of expertise include: counseling, baby/kids/teens, parenting, and family life.

Baby

As the proud mom to a logical and active 5-year-old boy, sister to 6, and aunt to 19, Michele has helped others through numerous pregnancies and child-rearing. She began babysitting for family and friends as a teenager and in her most recent traditional work position was required to take several courses annually on topics such as: SIDS training, Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid, and day care regulations.

Michele is an active participant in infant/toddler swim lessons and story time as well as regular attendee of a local mom support group which keeps her up-to-date and informed on different parenting techniques and baby gear.

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. In these positions Michele 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 previous occupations as a 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. 

Kids

Michele earned an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Saint Bonaventure University and holds provisional certification as a School Counselor in New York State. During graduate school, she worked in a group home for adolescents with mental health diagnoses, interned at two schools with children from preschool through 12th grade, co-led groups for children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, and provided personal counseling to children and families in the University Clinic.

Upon graduation, Michele worked for several nonprofit agencies with children of all ages, particularly at-risk youth. In her most recent positions as School Age Childcare Director and Director of Summer Programs, Michele planned and led programs for grades K-12.

Family

Family has always been at the forefront of Michele’s personal life, where celebrating birthdays of all extended family members is as regular an occurrence as major holidays.

In her most recent outside-the-home position, Michele was responsible for creating program and parent handbooks, leading parent orientations, writing and enforcing discipline policies, and hosting family nights. Her love of learning and ability to relate to people of all ages make her an expert on all aspects of family life.

Toys and Games

Michele grew up playing games every Sunday at Grandma's family dinner. Upon learning of her knack for winning all games of speed and word skill, Michele was hooked. Family favorites still include classics like Spoons, Nerts, Balderdash, and Pictionary - all of which grandma is allowed to cheat at. Michele worked in several children's progrmas where she was responsible for creating diverse daily activities for students in grades K-12. She brought her love of games and competitive spirit into daily activities with the kids as a means to relate and teach. As mom to a kindergartener, Michele now plays more Pop the Pig and Twister than she cares to admit.

In her previous work with non-profits Michele was challenged to provide new and exciting toys to kids of all ages within a nearly non-existent budget. That meant a lot of creativity and yard sale shopping! Michele particularly loves to find multiple uses for standard toys and new ways to play games, typically with an emphasis on promoting education and social skills.

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. 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 food/wine - particularly Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!

 

Most Recent Contributions by Michele Meleen

Awesome Family Newsletter Theme Ideas

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Family Reunion Planning Tips and Checklist

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Free Printable Travel Itinerary Template

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Mythological Goddess Names for Your Cat

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New Year's Eve Ideas for Families to Celebrate Together

Ring in the New Year with the people you love most. Whether you celebrate at home or your family's favorite getaway spot, you can easily pul ... Read More

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